Great Education Leaders Empower Others
As an educator, you must empower people to succeed by entrusting them with making sound judgments. Empowerment entails providing our followers with the ability to make their own decisions and the resources and processes necessary to make those decisions successfully and efficiently. It shows them that you trust them and are committed to their success.
It is not about distributing duties; it is about selectively giving work to people that are a bit above their capabilities. Why? Because if they have the aptitude, their potential and capacities will increase to enable them to finish the assignment. As a consequence, they will advance in their leadership abilities.
Consider the following scenario: you are the principal of a high school. You will want to motivate the associates of your leadership team from time to time by committing them to duties that will enable them to develop. This might involve appointing one of your assistant principals as acting principal while away from the school. Alternatively, you may invite your literacy trainer to a meeting at a nearby college. There are no limits to what you can do.
You are placing people in a position to progress by enabling them. Consequently, they will become stronger leaders and will be able to accomplish great things on their own. It has been claimed that a leader’s accurate measure is the proportion of leaders they produce. I agree with it wholeheartedly.
What will you look back on as your most significant achievements in years to come? My most outstanding achievements, in my opinion, are all of the people I have been able to employ, encourage, and mentor to become leaders. Also, all of the K-12 and college students assisted them in achieving their academic goals. None of the books I have penned or received prizes even come close. I am not suggesting you have to adopt my method, but what kind of leader are you if you have climbed to the peak of the ridge and do not assist others in achieving the same? A selfish one, in my perspective.