Effectively countering administrator burnout: Opinion


“You don’t have to burn out if you commit to pragmatism,” writes David D Perlmutter (Texas Tech University), who highlights several strategies that administrators can use to counter burnout. Perlmutter writes that the amount of work, pressure to accomplish tasks, and constant controversies can stack towards burnout. He advises administrators to prioritize or delegate tasks and duties as necessary, intentionally schedule time to transition between meetings and events or to decompress after higher-stakes meetings, and accept that handling crises are part of working as a leader. The author encourages administrators to learn how to identify the situations that may work themselves out without intervention if given some time, rather than reflexively jumping in to solve all problems.

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