I consider myself an educational leader. Does that mean that I am perfect in any way? Absolutely not! It actually means that I am harder on myself than anyone else could be. I am constantly wondering what I can do better, how I can make better decisions, and how I can help as many people as I can while also consistently learning how to be better. I find myself trying to be everything to everybody, even though I know it is not possible. I have learned so much in a small amount of time about the human condition. How different people work in different ways. Sometimes, it is lonely at the top (as someone told me recently).
But I just heard Eric Sheninger @E_Sheninger speak and he said something to let me know that I am on some type of right track. He said “You are not a leader until you have produced another leader!” I strongly believe in that. I tell educators that as a leader, you should want…no EXPECT those “under” you will eventually grow enough to lead on their own and leave you. That should be a goal that you are progressing your people to become leaders or to find the leadership qualities that are already in them! As a leader, we have to help build people up!
What I do not understand is why that is so scary for some people/leaders. Why is it so scary to have someone else succeed? Wouldn’t it be a blessing to say that someone that you trained can take your job one day and hopefully go even further than you have gone? I truly do not understand! But, I honestly believe in this mindset and I hope that many other leaders do too. I will hold on to the hope that they do!
6/30/2017 02:00:12 pm
It is so true! It is an old concept, I believe it may derived from the military. They trained you be engaged in leadership skills as you do not know if you were going to be "field promoted" during the time of war. Later, when I was program manager at a developmental center (20 years ago..lol), I encouraged people to take leadership positions, who had the drive. The error I have learned was encouraging those who had the skills, but lack the drive. After being in education for 14 years, I have seen a progression of principals investing and delegating responsibilities. Initially, it was a only a "chosen few." But, as time went, I had seen a broader delegating.
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