Wednesday, March 13, 2013
My Philosophy Regarding Highly Effective School Leaders
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." John Quincy Adams Highly effective school leaders work with consistency to improve schools and are effective at producing goal based outcomes. A quality leader advocates for all stakeholders in a learning community, this includes children, teachers, and parents. They are keenly aware that best outcomes are derived through a “wholistic” approach. Strong leaders model an on-going, life-learner approach to the profession, and are willing sharers of the information gleaned through their process of discovery. Principals are keenly aware of the nature of learning, the process of change, education theory, proven methods of instruction, and are willing to explore alternative means of best practice based upon the needs of those that they serve. Highly qualified School Leaders are agile, authentic, and make evident the need for flexibility, sound governance, and sensitive to the complexity of what it is to be an educator. Leaders underscore the importance of a collaborative, team dynamic. Their agility is recognized through their ability to adjust to challenging systems, while embracing community traditions and long standing practices. Highly effective leaders are capable of cooperating with other professional organizations in order to advance the efficacy of the overall organization that they serve.