hi, ok, took over as a new Hod in a new school in Sept. I was told when i arrived that there was a number of issues in the department, i've introduced a few new things(like dept marksheets) and some ignored it completely until i had some serious conversations. since then things have been up and down. I think the main issue is that i've never really been the best "people person". I can work harder than anyone else in the world, but it's getting people on side that i struggle with. I've managed to make "friends" with one member of staff who I work together with, but the rest feel fragmented. I introduced cakey-Friday and brought us together, but that has fallen apart due to busy schedules, i need to try and figure out a day when nearly everyone is free (there is no day when everyone is free). When we had ofsted and after they had gone i bought the dept a box of chocs to say thanks for hard work and a bottle of wine at xmas. I've got easter eggs for next week. Becuase it is a large department and fragmented across the school most of the stuff is done by email(which again doesn't help things), and there is a distinct lack of dept meeting time(staff are reticent to give up time outside of hours for more meetings). and i think sometimes that the way that i put things across can come out the wrong way. I also recently had an issue with coursework where i had to report a member of staff, which obviously destroyed faith in me as some said that we should of just "fixed it internally" which i disagree with. I've talked to those staff and put across my point, but its still now climbing that hill again to build trust. So...what am i ranting for? have you had a new Hod in your department/school, how did they inspire trust and motivate? what did you see that made them a "good boss"? I don't think i'm bad at this, but feel like i just need ideas of how to motivate and get people on side.