STRATEGIC BENCHMARKING TO IMPROVE THE PROFESSIONALITY OF MADRASAH'S HEAD IN MAN 1 BATANG HARI JAMBI PROVINCE
The purpose of this study is to find out why benchmarking strategies are needed in improving the professionalism of Madrasah Heads in MAN 1 Batang Hari Jambi province, how to implement strategic benchmarking in MAN 1 Batanghari Jambi province, how professionalism in Madrasah heads in MAN 1 Batanghari Jambi province, how strategic benchmarking can improve the professionalism of the madrasa head at MAN 1 Batanghari, Jambi province. The research approach used is a descriptive qualitative approach. Data collection techniques using observation, interviews and documentation. Data analysis using Miles and Huberman models and data validity techniques using data triangulation. The results showed that the implementation of the benchmarking strategy was based on efforts to increase the headmaster's professionalism in carrying out his duties as a manager in the madrasah environment and also the desire to improve the quality and quality of madrasas in order to become quality madrasas. in addition, the success of strategic benchmarking is done as an effort to improve the professionalism of madrasah principals, namely by active commitment in managing madrasas, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of madrasas, innovating in madrasas, and applying benchmarking results in madrasas. The benchmarking process is a self-evaluation of madrasa programs, comparison with madrasa referrals, reflection on madrasa performance and backbiting of the results of madrasa benchmarking. The form of implementing madrasa head professionalism carried out by the headmaster of MAN 1 Batang Hari, which covers the aspects of input, transformation of processes in madrasas, transformation of madrasa outputs and madrasa culture.