WHY I LEAD
Why do I lead? On the surface a pretty simple question, but once one starts to dig into the roots of his/her own leadership it can get rather lengthy. Let's take a stab at it. I lead to...
- Help students learn
- Help teachers learn
- Connect communities and their schools
- Promote equity and fairness
- Foster learning as a process, not a product
- Facilitate professional learning for ALL
- Support parents in their role
- Celebrate the positives, redirect the negatives, and soothe the hurt
- Work to make sure that EVERY student, educator, and parent feels valued
See? This list is just a starting point. It sounds more like a sermon than a list. So I find myself looking to summarize my leadership purpose. After several weeks of reflecting on this single question I have come a simple conclusion.
Why do I lead? I lead to build schools for them, by them.
In his book Rules of the Red Rubber Ball, Kevin Carroll, suggests that inside each of us is a passion statement - a driving force in what we do. The above statement is my passion statement (my red rubber ball). I lead because I believe that I have an opportunity to enact positive change. I lead because I want to empower "them," staff, students, parents, community members, to be better. I want to empower them to be their own leaders. I want to empower them to improve their school and their community. I want to empower them to build the school that serves them, not me. I want to empower them so that they can pass it on an empower others and change the world. That is why I lead. The school I serve is not about me. The school I serve is about them. I lead to make sure it starts with them and ends with them. This is my purpose for leading.
As I continue on my reflective journey my purpose for leading will be the center of my reflection. It is a chance to ensure that I continue to grow and stay true to the leader within. I hope that along the way some of you may jump in and join my journey. Together we are stronger, and your voice makes me better.