One of the worst things that teachers and managers can do is worry about their popularity. This can be a dangerous thing to get into for a few reasons:
*It will take attention away from insuring fairness. A teacher who is worried about popularity will sometimes cut corners to reach that goal.
*It can easily result in a supervisor playing favorites. Playing favorites is a good way to lose the respect of students. And it is nearly impossible to hide.
*It can weaken discipline. An effective discipline plan is based on fairness and consistency.
*It is unprofessional.
*Focusing on popularity can easily distract attention away from doing what is best.
*Popularity does not get results. Results are one of the main purposes for being in a school or business in the first place.
Worrying about popularity is a sign of weakness. Wise teachers and managers will realize that they are not there to be popular but to be efficient. Classes and businesses cannot reach their highest level of production when their leaders are focused on popularity.
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