School Leadership eCollection

Working with difficult staff

Eller, J.F. & Eller, S. A.

Document type:
Journal article

School leaders face many challenges in implementing change. Chief among these challenges is preserving a positive climate when one or several teachers are resistant or difficult. For a school to move forward, the leader must attend to day-to-day school climate and school culture.1  A teacher who resists change—sometimes covertly—or who is just plain hard to work with can inject negativity into that culture. A few such teachers can derail change. [Article]