I'm not really sure why I do it to myself, but I often find myself cramming my life with a million and one extra commitments. I have some sort of goal that I am heading toward and I grab at anything I think will help me get there along the way. Living like this means that I continually experience huge amounts of learning and growth, but often feel as though I'm racing through life.
My current goal is to develop my skills as a leader. And it embarrasses me to say that. I feel like I'm big noting myself by aspiring to be a great leader. Somehow I've got it into my mind that leadership is an honour bestowed upon the worthy rather than a skill to be worked on and developed. Another image that comes to mind is that of the bossy-boots kid that wants to run the show and rule the game. I don't want to be that!
I'm about to begin post-graduate study in Educational Leadership to work toward the first half of my Masters degree. I'm also reflecting on my leadership skills using a new Leadership Framework developed by the Department of Education in my state. I'm beginning this journey with a degree of trepidation. There's a comfort in the known - I've been teaching for 8 years and have developed competence in this area. But leadership requires new skills and hard work. I may even make some mistakes! Learning is hard and it hurts sometimes - I just hope this won't hurt too much!
Here come some ramblings on my thoughts on leadership (prior to all the course material heading my way!) Feel free to leave now. :)
I'd like to be a leader who:
- has a strong understanding of the big picture
- provides a clear direction
- inspires and motivates
- brings out the best in others
- provides opportunities for growth
- supports and guides without 'bossing'
- sees things through to completion
- builds and/or maintains an effective learning community
- communicates effectively in a range of situations
- makes good use of available resources
Those of you who have taken this journey before me, please feel free to share your story or leave your encouragement in the comments below!