Administrators who desire to cultivate an autonomous school or district climate not only need to support other educators when needed, but they also need to know when to back off to give educators a chance to take some risks to push it forward. Autonomy must be cultivated because it is a skill. Unless your school is filled with a load of educators who prefer to be directed from a Theory X management perspective, educators should challenge each other to practice autonomy. This is not an easy task, so when you begin to struggle, ask your colleagues and administrators the challenging questions to help you become more autonomous. That's right, ask for help so you can become more autonomous. Sounds counter intuitive, but a certain degree of dependency is needed to practice autonomy in education. And, I seriously doubt that any administrator worth his or her weight would tell a fellow educator to, "just get it done."
Here is a challenging question for this blog's readers: How can educators handle those colleagues who are not ready for the rigors of autonomy? Please join the discussion.