DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR ANALYSIS
An effective administrator understands all aspects of his/her school system. They are informed, monitor progress, and intervene when necessary. However, a district administrator must delegate duties in an effective manner. If you focus too much on one specific area, the other areas will suffer from a lack of leadership. Leaders allow others to have ownership programs.
In the current political and economic climate, the responsibilities of district administrators have expanded, or in many situations, superintendents work part-time. As duties expand and time contracts overall capacity to lead decreases. In addition, district's that choose this path miss out on many quality educational leaders who do not view a part-time/split position as desirable.
Effective leaders sweat small details
Much of the district administrator's job is "big picture" planning. However, effective superintendents are keenly aware that every discussion, meeting, conference, or public interaction is an opportunity to fulfill the vision of the school district. Successful leaders are normally thinking a couple of steps ahead and are constantly analyzing how current practices align to best practices.
A High Degree of Complexity
From strategic planning, instructional leadership, and fiscal management to federal compliance, human resources, and building management; district administrators must handle a diverse set of tasks. The reality of the position is that it requires the ability to prioritize and organize your time. You must practice personal humility, but have a determined professional will. Superintendents have to be able to handle a high degree of complexity while solving problems. This process involves analyzing multiple streams of information, sometimes from contradictory sources, that lead to no clear solutions. In these instances a successful administrator must consistently make principled decisions by stepping back from the immediate situation and seeing the long-term, large scale patterns and trends.