Tag Archives: Leadership


Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Frame for Moving into the Furture

How a leader shows up matters. What a leader believes matters. The leader’s ‘frame’ makes a difference. Diana Whitney, Amanda Trosten-Bloom and Kae Rader in their book: Appreciative Leadership help leaders to develop their skills and attitudes related to helping to bring about positive systemic change.  The following four attributes are those common to leaders


High-tech way to communicate with students

Influential leaders are effective communicators!  Knowing your audience is a basic pillar for successful communicators. When a superintendent wants to connect directly with students – it may be time to be creative. Anthony Habra is a superintendent of Rudyard Area Schools in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Rudyard is a district of 900 students.  Tony wanted to


Leading in Complex Times Requires Adaptation

Ron Heifetz, Alexander Grashow, and Marty Linsky in their book The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World (2009, Harvard Business Press) write about adaptive leadership.  Their definition: Adaptive leadership is the practice of mobilizing people to tackle tough challenges and thrive (page 14) sounds like the kind of


Leading the Work of Creating the Healthiest School Environments Possible

For optimal learning to transpire schools must be safe places.  As leaders we are responsible for “safety” above other missions.  How do you feel about being responsible for school safety as it relates to bullying and specifically – cyber-bullying? Let’s think about what schools can do to be intentional about being environments safe from bullying.