How can leaders communicate in a way that moves resistant teachers from grudging compliance to true commitment?

"Resistance to change is a natural human tendency. We get comfortable with our routines, and it's hard to muster the energy to change something when we don't feel the urgency or need.

This reality presents a problem for educators who are responsible for leading a change initiative in their schools. Many wonder how they can get teachers to connect with the work with enthusiasm, energy, and effort.

The role of a change leader isn't about "buying" or "selling" an idea—it's about generating commitment. This can be really challenging work, especially at the beginning of an initiative. When a few teachers openly resist change, it can be very frustrating. Their resistance feels personal and hurtful. This feeling sometimes leads leaders to resort to strategies that actually work against moving teachers toward the desired changes."


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Program Management and Educational Leadership