Thursday, September 30, 2010

Leadership and Getting the Job Done

“Well done is better than well said.” – Benjamin Franklin

I ran across this quote while reviewing an old book on my shelf.  Given the recent national forum on education and the state of our schools, what does the wisdom of Ben Franklin offer us as a vision for educational leadership?

As an independent school leader, I am often engaged in committee or team meetings that concern the school’s future and strategic goals.  These meetings are valuable only in as much as the discussion translates into action.  Prudent leadership may require a thoughtful approach to designing action plans, but effective leadership results when the leadership team implements these plans in a manner that showcases the students’ educational experiences.

Many leaders can talk about a great plan.  Great leaders actually deliver the plan.

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