September Volume 65 Number 1 Teachers as Leaders Pages The Many Faces of Leadership Charlotte Danielson Teachers can find a wealth of opportunities to extend their influence beyond their own classrooms to their teaching teams, schools, and districts. In every good school, there are teachers whose vision extends beyond their own classrooms—even beyond their own teams or departments. This awareness prompts these teachers to want to influence change. Today more than ever, a number of interconnected factors argue for the necessity of teacher leadership in schools.
This blog is a collection of my observations and musings along the way. When someone in the audience asked me to delineate the characteristics of a healthy leader, I balked, suggesting that groups already know the answers to this—if they just stopped and took the time to think about it—and that it would probably go better if each group generated their own list rather than relied on my suggestions as the buy-in would be better.
While I still like my answer, I've changed my mind about sharing my thoughts. Thus, here's my offering of 20 desirable qualities in a cooperative leader while you may not find all of them in a single individual, you're probably hoping to find most of them: Ability to hear fully what others are saying.
Note that this implies more than just getting the concepts right; it also involves getting the tone right, and the affect. Even more subtly, it implies being able to show others that what they've said has been fully heard.
Ability to hear critical feedback accurately and with minimal reactivity or defensiveness. This is a big one. Leaders who are poor at this teach their groups to not bother to attempt it, resulting in disgruntlement and undermined authority.
If you're having trouble with the leader's behavior and they'll punish you for pointing it out, what options do you have? Ability to respond with openness and curiosity when people disagree.
This is about being able to resist the temptation to tense up in the face of divergence and to model excitement instead. Hot dog, the group will have a range of perspectives to weigh in its deliberations! The point of operating cooperatively is not to have everyone respond harmoniously; it's to have the richest possible stew of ideas to work with.
Celebrate when you get it. Ability to report authentically on their emotional state. One of the keys to effective leadership is coming across as real person.
One of the keys to that is being able to share feelings in a way that's both accessible and believable. Knows their weaknesses and doesn't try to bullshit others into thinking they're strong in places where they aren't.
This is about knowing what you don't know, and not hiding it. Models interest in learning. Leaders are often in the position of teaching others what they know.
While that's good, it helps a lot of they're also interested in learning from others. Fosters an environment of sharing the stage with others and passing on what they know if the group depends on that skill. Good leaders encourage others to grow into leadership.Second Chances Leadership Program.
Second Chances Leadership Program was designed to build and develop the self-confidence, life and leadership skills of youth through interactive learning, in-class discussions, presentations, panels, workshops, and exploratory field-trips.
Some sit and pontificate about whether leaders are made or born. The true leader ignores such arguments and instead concentrates on developing the leadership qualities necessary for success. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly and peaceful relations.
A good mentoring relationship provides new employees as well as interns with someone that will share their professional knowledge and expertise in the field. A good mentoring relationship provides new employees as well as interns with someone that will share their professional knowledge and expertise in the field.
A teacher should possess certain qualities, which will help him elicit the best from his students and enjoy a rewarding career.
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Read about a few characteristics of good teachers.