Years ago, I was a substitute / supply teacher in public schools. My work in schools gave me an opportunity to learn more about leadership in schools which has given me a better understanding of leadership in business.

Visiting and working short-term in different schools, gave me the opportunity to make various observations of several schools including leadership within the schools. From listening and talking to teachers in their classrooms and in the lunch rooms, I was able to get a sense of what it was like working at that school. I learned about whether they liked their principal, if they were motivated to come to work every day and how much they enjoyed their work environment.

From different schools, I anecdotally noted that teachers who liked their principals were more likely to be motivated to go to work every day. Even as a temporary teacher for that school, I sensed what teachers were committed. From my observation, there is a strong correlation between principals who are respected and liked, and teachers who are dedicated in their work at the school. A principal who is able to lead by example and develop a mutual positive relationship with teachers, is able to develop a comfortable environment that teachers thrive in.

I believe that just like a respected principal of a school will build an effective school environment for learning, my belief is that the influence that a CEO or a Leader is immeasurable. The CEO or Leader also sets the “tone” for that organization. The CEO can model what type of environment is developed within organization and how well people work together.

If employees see a Leader / CEO or a principal is able to set a positive tone by interacting well with all members of the organization, a conducive environment to work will be created and all employees will be motivated to come to work and produce the best work they can.