What is my understanding of leadership?
Leadership is the ability to lead. A leader guides others in order to achieve a collective goal. A leader requires many qualities, which I have listed as answers to the following question.
How do I show leadership in my school?
I have shown little leadership in my current school because I am new, still learning the ropes and learning about my new position as TL. I am learning the status quo in the school and building my background knowledge so that I can make informed decisions in and about the future of the library and its role within the school.
However, I have spent over a decade as a member of the school executive and as such have shown leadership in my schools by:
· Working collaboratively with staff on planning, programming, assessing, reporting and other areas
· Supporting staff members and teaching students in TPL, programming, classroom management strategies, parent-teacher interviews, intervention meetings, and other areas requiring development
· Encouraging others through verbal and written feedback, offering them opportunities to extend their skills and experiences
· Providing a positive role model for others to follow
· Offering suggestions if I observe that there may be an aspect of practice that may require development
· Listening to concerns and requests for assistance, negotiating an acceptable outcome and following through as quickly as possible
· Being available and visible to the school community
· Being prepared for planning days, meetings and presentations so work can be completed efficiently and effectively
· Leading by example. Model what you expect your team to be doing and achieving
· Negotiating. Allow team members choice and ownership in the decision making process. More heads are better than one. Colleagues always thought of better ways to do things than I could by myself.
· Taking responsibility for your actions. If something goes wrong or you make a bad choice, admit it, apologise, fix it and move on.
· Motivating and inspiring others to take action, to follow or be guided by you, to go out alone
· Being enthusiastic about work, life and the people around me. It’s fun and contagious!
· Communicating well with those around me, whether it’s verbal or written communication, so everyone is well-informed. For example, providing records from meetings etc.
· Showing genuine interest in others and what they have to contribute
· Being flexible, being able to change things or accept the decision that had been made if it is not your liking
· Getting on well with others. Good interpersonal skills
· Sharing responsibility for projects and achievements and acknowledging the good work of others