Today we honor our heroes on this Memorial Day 2013. I can’t help but think of what character strengths our fallen held during their service to our great nation. The list of these strengths would go on and on. I think a great way to honor these men and women would be to lead by focusing on one characteristic they all shared, Courage.
For many school leaders, the year is rapidly coming to an end. During this time staffing decisions are being made, evaluations are completed, and end of the year activities are in full swing. Leaders are involved in all of these areas among several others. When you lead during this time, be courageous in your conversations and decision making. Do not shy away from the opportunity to give growth producing feedback to your staff. Do not avoid talking to individuals about the importance of making changes in their teaching assignment for 2013-2014. Continue to demand high expectations from all members of your learning community. Have the courage to communicate directly and with confidence on what needs to be said. As Terry Starbucker writes; “Decisions get made. Risks are taken. Leadership requires bravery almost every single day.”
This week, act with bravery, be direct, perform as our heroes did. Honor them by leading with courage.
Have a great week and keep finding the good stuff!