Convoluted connections? Sure, but that’s how the good word gets out… that’s Bloggin’!
What can we learn from Weintraub’s extensive leadership experience?
- Promote common goals and ‘voice’ for adults involved in supporting kids – gives the kids a clear message with clear expectations. Consistent communicator/Active.
- Get in the habit of setting aside a daily time to respond to email and phone calls – prompt responses, even if it’s just to say you will get back to someone, indicate their messages (and they) are important. Caring.
- The old leadership adage… LBWA (Leading By Walking Around) – visibility and interaction are important to show that you care more about the school community than your office. Caring/Connected.
- Get back into the classroom AS A TEACHER – what better way to keep your fingers on the pulse of what’s going on with teachers and students? Connected.
- “Be happy” – your mood affects others… how would you like others to feel? Caring.
- Youth are energetic… mirror that energy – you fit in better and help others stay energized. Connected/Active.
- Notice the kids – if students feel they’re anonymous to you guess how you will be to them? Caring/Connected.
- Give your full attention when interacting with others – if you let interruptions distract you, how valued does the one asking for your attention feel? Caring.
- Leadership requires unambiguous communication – we all want to know ‘what’ and ‘why’. Consistent communicator.
- Be a model of what you expect re: work – everyone respects hard workers! Active.
- (To borrow a phrase from Jim Collins) Get the right people on the bus – in a school, everyone should love kids and support learning. Consistent communicator/Active.
- Support intellectual pursuit – inspire others think, reflect, ponder. Consistent communicator/Reflective.
- Take risks… when you need to – guide change carefully and thoughtfully. Active/Reflective.
- No one is perfect – remember that about yourself and others. Caring/Reflective.
- We’re all part of the same family – nurture others beyond ‘the job’. Caring/Connected.
Ok! So… I put my own spin on these ‘lessons on leadership’. For me, those points boil down to the qualities of a good leader. I know I didn’t hit all the traits of a good leader but if we regularly ask ourselves if we are being: consistent communicators; active; caring; connected; and, reflective (and we strive to be those 5 things) we’re well on our way to good leadership.
What other qualities do you feel are important for good leaders to have?