August 15 has been named Leadership Day by Scott McLeod. So he asks bloggers to contribute to the conversation about leadership and you can follow the posts from bloggers with the hashtag #leadershipday13. There have been over 400 posts about leadership in the years Scott has lead us to write. You can read them at the link above.
I believe everyone has some skill that they can use in a leadership capability. Some people can lead others, inspiring them to do great things in life and for the organization. Others can lead quietly by guiding the flow of a conversation to a productive set of goals. What are your leadership skills?
Are you a goal oriented type-A person who pushes others to work steadfast to complete tasks? Do you have the subtle way to helps others arrive at a consensus?
As I look around the building I teach in, I see many different leaders. I see people who lead by serving others. This can be by organizing a canned food drive to the person who quietly stays after a pot luck lunch and organizes the clean up crew. We have an amazing amount of charitable work organized by our staff. It is truly a great model for the students to see their teachers giving this time and effort for the community. Great leadership is here as people step up to organize a giving tree, a garden which produces produce for the local food bank, a Relay for Life team and fundraisers, sandwich making for shelters, and so much more. Even someone who organizes meals for a needly staff member or gifts for Secretary’s Day is a leader.
We also have organization leaders. Those folks are efficient at running a meeting and working with a group. Others are leaders by coaching. That coaching can be as a musical organization, drama, academic competition, student organizations and of course sporting coaches. There are a lot of different organizational skills in being this type of leader, but it is a talent some people have and enjoy it.
Leadership can be in the form of expertise in subject matter. Even after attending several workshops this summer about edtech, I know there are people in my building that know more than I do about certain software packages or even techniques for using them. I consider them a leader/expert in that area.
Will you lead by creating an awesome lesson and sharing with other people who teach the same unit? Can you lead by being the positive force in a meeting? Leading people away from whining or the negative forces that can invade is another type of leadership.
How will you lead your class into a future that is uncertain. Will you show that you are willing to take risks with using new technologies in your lessons? You know there are leaders right next door that would be willing to share their successes to help you succeed.
CFPMS is a community of different leaders. I’ll bet your school is full of different types of leaders as well. Our administrators are considered our educational leaders, policy enforcers, and overall leaders of the staff and students. So don’t sit back and enjoy the ride by letting others do the work, step up and use your expertise and lead at least 2 others to something new. What will it be? A curriculum tip, a new tech idea, or an organizational chart? You have so much to offer, so share, and pay it forward.