MAEMSP President Marlene Deis
Welcome back my courageous friends! Now if you are like me that might not be the word you use to describe yourself. In fact, has anyone ever told you that you are courageous because you are a school leader? Well, trust me, you are! Recently at the National Leaders Conference in
Mike made 6 key suggestions for courageous leaders. First he suggests that as leaders we accept our circumstances. The educational world we are a part of is not an easy place. We need to look reality in the face, accept it, and deal with it. It’s important that we not make things seem worse than they really are. Rather than complain, blame, or make excuses, good leaders roll up their sleeves and work with what they have.
Second, take action. In other words don’t just hope the situation solves itself, do something!
Third, take responsibility. This is sometimes the most difficult because it requires us to have the courage to take ownership for our behavior and the consequences of that behavior.
Fourth, acknowledge progress. Strong leaders take the time to create a culture of celebration. They don’t save the celebrations for the end of the year but instead focus on the incremental progress that happens throughout the year. This helps staff and students develop a strong sense of significance and belonging in their school community.
Fifth, commit to life long learning. Become the person who asks questions and investigates all possibilities. You cannot lead if you do not learn.
Sixth, kindle new relationships. This is very important because as principals, we often feel like we are alone. The good news is there are many friendly voices that are just a phone call away. Take advantage of all the opportunities MAEMSP provides to help you network with other principals. Attend your regional meetings and participate in the conferences. You will meet some great leaders. In fact,
Finally, thank you for stepping up to the role of leadership. You are courageous! I hope you have a wonderful year.
Last Modified on July 25, 2012