Leadership As Service
Our goal is to shift perspective from what people think leadership means to what it actually is. Leadership is not “get behind me, I’m in charge.” Leadership is influencing others to focus on what’s best for kids, our greatest customers! This requires doing whatever it takes to serve students from wherever you are.
It helps to bring to the forefront of your minds the universal leadership principles you didn’t know you already knew! In addition, we introduce you to the great leader you presently are. By turning your focus to these inherent, and often forgotten principles, we simply fan the existing flame of leadership within and show you what to do with it! Even if you feel you haven’t time for “leadership training”, you DO! The busiest leadership teams can take advantage of powerfully effective leadership wisdom through personal reading and small group coaching by consuming small amounts of information, consistently over time. We are all called at some time to lead, let’s get you prepared for the call!
Our conclusion is to build a leadership team out of the principals so they can draw on one another’s strengths and compensate for weaknesses. We believe one of the things this will accomplish is diminishing the principal burnout that isolation causes.
The current system and its demands in which leadership is required to work is not going to change. The expectation of work/life balance is a fallacy. However, what can shift is a kind of distribution of labor among leadership where the Principals support each other by serving each other and, subsequently, the students they have been charged to serve.
The standard is “What’s best for kids” In our opinion, the combined strengths of leaders as a team brought to fore on behalf of students in spite of the significant administrative demands placed upon them is what’s best for kids.
Remembering your WHY
Sometimes when you’re so bombarded with demands, you forget what you’re called to do and why you do it. With simple exercises and guided discussion, we can help you reconnect to your why.
Transitioning from Teacher to Principal Teachers
Moving from a “member of the pack” to leading the pack is a hard transition. This transition is one of the most important, yet most neglected. There are key tools that need to be taken into consideration as a new Principal teacher.
Changing Workplace Culture
Having the vision to balance the celebrations with the difficult situations that impact the environment where our kids are learning. We focus on practical solutions for uniting teams dedicated to what’s best for kids through a “leadership as service” mindset.
Distributive Leadership vs. Delegating
Redefining the current definition of “delegation,” an assignment of tasks, to its purest form: a leadership tool for developing other leaders. We work to help leaders extract the unique strengths of staff members and build internal leadership on campus.
What starts as a small issue has the ability to fester and largely impact school cultures. Being proactive, not reactive, with a focus on creating solutions is our focus. This can include role playing difficult conversations with staff members or amongst staff members in attempt to bring them back to what’s most important: students and learning. Avoidance is not the only conflict resolution skill there is.
These interdependent Leadership Teams create their own “Professional Learning Community” as a result of this style of coaching and participate in:
- Instructional rounds and Interrater Reliability
- Actionable steps to meet their goals
- Authentic Dialogue about current experiences