Being a leader in todays schools is a difficult challenge. There are mandates, shrinking resources, learning gaps, new supervisors, and active school boards and state legislatures to deal with. These challenges can cause you to lose confidence which could negatively impact your role as a leader. I want to share with you some strategies to use that may be helpful in keeping you on track and focused on improving your skills as a leader. I encourage you to try using as many of these as you can over the next 30 days and see if they help enhance your performance. In no particular order, here they are :
1. State and restate your vision often.
2. Give consistent, respectful feedback to your students and staff.
3. Focus on teaching and learning.
4. Encourage your staff to participate in Instructional Support Teams. Peer to peer sharing is critical to enhancing practice in classrooms.
5. Fill other’s buckets by improving your communication.
6. Be well planned and in control of your time.
7. Lead by doing.
8. Establish an online community.
9. Take time to build relationships with your community.
10. Find the joy in your job and stay positive.
11. Focus on your strengths.
Quote of the week:
You can’t do it alone. Leadership is not a solo act, it’s a team performance. The winning strategies will be based upon the “we not “I” philosophy. Collaboration is s social imperative. Without it people can’t get extraordinary things done in organizations. Kouzes and Posner, 2003, p.22
Have a great week and find the good stuff.