Schools today are undergoing significant change. In the future, they should be managed less by ministries and local education authorities and instead be given greater freedom to develop into small enterprises. But management skills are not part of the traditional training of school administrators. The Partners in Leadership initiative aims to help them master those skills.
“I would immediately say ‘yes’ again”
Jens-Eike Decken with Deutsche Bank in Stuttgart advises and accompanies school administrators at Mörike School in Backnang, near Stuttgart. Under the Partners in Leadership program, school administrators and managers tackle the various challenges confronting schools today, such as quality management, human resource planning, public relations and communication skills as well as team building, organizational development and the ability to convey the need for greater parental involvement. Mörike School hopes to become a comprehensive school, which many view as a model of the future. Jens-Eike Decken is making a contribution to the school’s efforts by strengthening its leadership in the long term.
“It’s a true partnership – and it works great.”
Partners in Leadership at a glance
Since 1999, managers from more than 1,200 companies and over 5,000 school administrators in the UK have participated in the Partners in Leadership program. In Germany, Deutsche Bank has supported the program since 2006 in an effort to contribute to the development of education equality. In February 2011 Deutsche Bank, together with other companies, was honored for its engagement in schools with the Generali European Employee Volunteering Award in the category “innovation”.