I wondered this week, what creates the conditions for school/college teams to follow us as educational leaders – to be fully enrolled in the improvement journey?
Of course whatever the current context is provides us with a frame in which to adapt, however as an educational leader can we enrol by ‘DOing’?
What about how we are BEing? We may hold many team meetings and activities, have numerous processes and procedures in place to manage staff – but if as a leader we are disengaged ourselves, disconnected, resentful even – won’t this will present an incongruent message?
I remember many times I’ve walked into a school and they have the most amazing facilities, however the attitude of staff is one of apathy and distance. Not very enrolling at all, let alone conducive to learning.
Does this BEing behaviour say much more than any procedure or smart facility can achieve? And in heads/principals this way of being sets the culture for the entire educational organisation.
I look forward to, with excited anticipation, when the paradigm shifts much more towards how educational leaders behave in their humanity and way of being than in what they are doing.