Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The give and take of educational leadership

Being an educational leader is very rewarding and taxing.  One day, your efforts pay huge dividends.  The next, you may feel as if you haven’t accomplished anything at all.  Progress is one area may lead to spinning your wheels in another.

As with many things in life that are worthwhile, being an educational leader has it’s share of “gives” and “takes.”

“Give”

“Take”

Ideas and concerns consideration Time to listen to concerns and ideas
The support necessary to help teachers achieve their goals The opportunity to congratulate teachers on accomplishing their goals
Honest and constructive feedback about how well a class is going Feedback on whether or not my expectations are reasonable
Reasons to keep doing your best when things are going rough Away as many burdens and anxieties as possible
A vision for the school’s future that is inclusive and shared by others Opportunities to involve others in generating or refining the school’s vision and beliefs statements

If you have other examples to share, please feel free to comment below.

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