How Do Effective Education Leaders Stay Effective?
Every week, it seems, I read about the dismissal of a K-12 superintendent or a university president. What puzzles me is that many of these educational leaders were effective for the majority of their careers, but then began to decline. They eventually lost their edge. This begs the question, how can exceptional educational leaders maintain their greatness? This topic will be thoroughly discussed in this essay. Without further ado, here are four ways educational leaders can maintain their greatness.
- Attend classes.
Learn to be honest with yourself about where you need to improve. Consider taking a course or attending a workshop or conference to help you gain the necessary skills and expertise. If you are short on time and need assistance, approach your director of professional learning to help you identify some possibilities.
- Build a knowledge network.
It has been said that iron sharpens iron, and this is undeniably true in the field of educational leadership. Make it a habit to meet with other education leaders on a regular basis to discuss trends, pain spots, self-care ideas, and so on. You will leave feeling revitalized and better prepared to lead. If you need assistance with a choice or a project, contact one of your coworkers and ask for assistance.
- Go through everything.
If you want to be a long-lasting educational leader, you must be a voracious reader. Not only do you want to read articles, research papers, books, and case studies about education, but you also want to read about business, politics, economics, sports, and other areas. You want to have a well-rounded knowledge foundation. Why? Because you may use your improved knowledge base to understand the complexity and nuances of a situation while making decisions and putting them into action.
- Recognize when it is time to depart.
Staying exceptional often entails resigning while you are at the top of your game, but before your abilities and ambition begin to diminish. That way, you can depart on your own terms and leave a lasting legacy as a great educational leader.
What did we overlook? Do you have any recommendations for educators who want to have a long and successful career? If so, please share your thoughts in the comments area below.