Each EmpowerED 3.2.1 features a brief summary of my musings about and learning from multiple disciplines as they apply to leadership in education.
3 Big Ideas
When the path ahead is not always clear, sometimes the role of a leader means doing and saying things you never thought you would (9/11, DC sniper, hurricanes, COVID-19, etc.). However, when you consider the core values that make people admired as leaders (Kouzes & Posner 2012, 2016), we easily see how these values are life values that we see all around us if we slow down and take a look. Go ahead…look. I did, and here’s what I saw.
Honesty. Truthful, has integrity, is trustworthy, has character, is trusting; Competence. Capable, proficient, effective, gets the job done, professional; Inspiring. Uplifting, enthusiastic, energetic; and Forward-looking. Visionary, foresighted, concerned about the future, sense of direction. Credibility. Being credible and having integrity matters immensely and can be summed up as doing what you say you will do.
My colleagues are working to keep relationships front and center by:
Checking in on our faculty and staff to inspire and uplift
Cooking for those ill on our staffs and delivering to door steps
Giving meals to families in the school parking lot with a smile
Getting needed items to students (technology, learning materials, musical instruments, inhalers and medicine)
Ensuring equity of opportunity continues by personalized outreach and support
Attending webinars and expanding PLNs (personal learning networks)
Getting needed materials to teachers (planners and curriculum)
Keeping routine and expectations consistent for students of all ages
Understanding trauma and grief to better support families
Zoom book clubs and get togethers help continue to learn and feel connected
Holding Zoom interviews for teachers for the coming year when we’re all back in the buildings
“Any kind of crisis can be good. It wakes you up.”
– Ryan Reynolds,
“When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.”
– John F. Kennedy
Did it really take a pandemic for us to see these values in others or for us to share ours with others?
About the Author: Marcia Baldanza is also the author of Professional Practices, a Just ASK Senior Consultant. and adjunct professor at Virginia Tech. Until recently she worked for the School District of Palm Beach County, Florida, where she was an Area Director for School Reform and Accountability; prior to that she was Director of Federal and State Programs.