The realm of education has an amazing opportunity built within it to make a significant impact on our world today through the development of people. Whether you are a para-professional, a coordinator or director, administrative staff, an administrator, a teacher or a superintendent, your influence can add to or detract from the lives of those within your sphere of influence. It’s likely that you’ve selected this career path due to your desire to contribute positively to the lives of others. It’s likely you desire to be a “life-giving” influence to others. As a teacher, advisor, coach, and consultant within the educational world, I share in your passion and desire to contribute in this way.
As educators, we have the “world of ideas” open to us and we can influence others by engaging in this world. Thus, it concerns me when I hear people describe our educational systems as unchanging or resistant or arrogant if they don’t see us practically applying what we know to be true now or in the future. Our educational systems need to be consistently life-giving. Life is defined as vitality, functioning, and leads to growth and renewal. Isn’t that the goal of education?
Therefore, it is important that we consistently assess our influence and leadership to see how we are impacting others, whether our sphere of educational influence is infants, children, youth, young adults, or adults of all ages. Our willingness to do this individual “check in” is precisely what either moves education forward or causes setbacks. A series of small movements forward or backward can soon have a major impact, positively or negatively, on those around us. Also, assessing group and organizational impact is vital to assure that positive forward movement is happening on a grander scale.
This is where the two disciplines of education and leadership can and need to continue working together. The discipline of leadership and organizational life are fairly new disciplines, and we continue to learn so much about both of them. Today’s leadership and organizational models for success are quite different than they were in the early 1900s, and yet many of us, and our educational systems, are still operating using old frameworks for leading and managing people. It is time for more integration between the educational field and the disciplines of leadership and organizational behavior so that those we influence can benefit from us being our very best!
For this purpose, I value working with educators of all types to support them in assessing leadership influence, team efficiency and organizational effectiveness. My philosophy is to define and create a process that fits with your leadership and your organizational culture so my interventions are unique to each educational setting. We are finding that leadership and influence can be learned, and it is not solely “born” into a person. Does this give you hope? It should.
The world of education is changing quickly! My guess is that you are experiencing that pressure as well. The way you lead and influence others is a key element in keeping up with these changes.
Today, we are left with no other choice than to “tune up” our leadership styles and our organizational life in order for our educational systems to be effective in this economy. We need to use more progressive understandings of how to lead and organize to be successful. Whether you lead as a para-professional, a coordinator or director, administrative staff, an administrator, a teacher or a superintendent, your ability to positively lead and influence others is extremely important. Please take another step right now toward becoming more of a life-giving leader, at no cost or obligation, by contacting me for a free teleconference to discuss your latest leadership opportunities and challenges. I welcome the opportunity to talk with you to see how we can partner together to continue to enhance one of the most important endeavors of humankind, education!