Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Leadership in An Environment of Uncertainty

We had our second Learning for Leadership VC with our Mahi Tahi group & eMentors Sue & Maurie today. Thanks Maurie for sharing your wisdom & experience with us :-)

The focus of today’s session was “Leadership in an Environment of Uncertainty”. This topic is important at all times i think, and for our group, especially now as the Virtual Learning Network & elearning clusters determine their way forward to a sustainable national network beyond eLCL funding.

Important notes for me were:

Know who you are & be yourself
I thought these things were important as a leader:

  1. Have a clear vision & purpose
  2. Understand the bigger picture
  3. Make a difference
  4. Effect change – influential
  5. Walk the talk

What Leadership Style?

  • Visionary
  • Affiliative
  • Commanding
  • Coaching
  • Democratic
  • Pace Setting



Support for Educational Leadership:

Kiwi Leadership for Principals



Leading Learning Module from Core Ed

Keep students at the forefront
Be prepared to use the moral high ground – whose interests are being served?

Relationships 80% of your job
Emotional intelligence is important
Listen to listen & not to talk
Manage & practise difficult conversations
What do you truly believe? This shapes your actions
Keep professional learning conversations going beyond the ‘nuts & bolts” (move beyond task focus to pedagogical focus)

Don’t water the rocks – don’t spend time worrying about things beyond your control.

Put your own oxygen mask on first!

One whakatauākī I have had above my desk for many years that inspires me in my professional work & relationships is:

“Before you speak, listen.
Before you write, think.
Before you invest, investigate.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try.
Before you retire, save.
Before you die, give.”

William A. Ward

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