- How do you work to build trust starting in a new place?
- In a world with social media so evident, how do you use that technology to create a transparent culture within your community?
Trust is a touchy thing - not something to give away lightly and most people have a difficult time trusting those who are new. I can't blame them - we've all been "burned" in the past. Remembering what it feels like when you had a new boss or a new administrator as a teacher definitely helps the situation. It is imperative to really focus on being transparent and open with your staff members so they feel like you are an open book.
I have spent the last 2 months trying to build trust with my new staff. Sending emails, sharing personal stories and anecdotes, making connections. It's hard, but every little thing and every little piece makes a difference. Part of how I have done this is through social media. I have a twitter feed (@principalstager) that my staff knows about and can follow if they choose. I have a twitter feed for the community that is on our home page. I post things that are happening in the school, announcements, quotes, etc. It helps the community feel like they know me and us, and that they are a genuine part of the school and not just because they drop the kids off every morning. It helps those who can't volunteer in the building still feel a part, and that builds a ton of trust in and of itself.