The title or theme of this blog has been around forever but is so true. Power in the hands of the greedy, leaders with a hidden agenda or self-centered people is dangerous and counter productive. In the world of education, student learning is directly affected by these people when placed and/or appointed in positions of power. When it comes to students and their education, the damage can be irreversible. I just read Diane Ravitch’s blog about a Superintendent in Dallas, Texas having a board member removed from a school by police. I’m not sure what prompted this action but I would venture to say it has something to do with challenging the power of another. I recall a board member in my past that needed to be arrested but that can be a post for another day!
Leaders are different and lead according to their personality, experiences or how they were taught to lead. In some cases, a boss will hire you and tell you what must be done and how to do it before finalizing the job offer. In this scenario, if I was asked to do something against my morals or beliefs I wouldn’t take the job. However, some would jump at the opportunity just to be in a position of power.
Leaders must be open and honest of their intentions or how they plan to lead an organization. I believe effective leaders must be servant leaders willing to do anything and everything to help the team move forward toward common set goals. Leading by example, open and honest communication, maintaining positive relationships with all, holding members of the team accountable, rewarding and encouraging the team, removing barriers so teachers can work with students, creating a plan of success with input from members of the team are all leadership traits a leader must possess. There are numerous other traits a leader should have but these are the most important. I believe in hiring and keeping the best teachers and supporting their efforts to help students learn. There is nothing I will not do to help my teachers! If you are in a leadership position, are you using your power wisely?