I am by no means a seasoned teacher. I mean lets be real, I have only been in the profession for eleven years. However, in those eleven years I came to the realization and decision that I would like to further my career in education and eventually move into Administration.
Initially, this was only a decision that I made and refrained from sharing with those in positions of responsibility. However, since my expression of interest, I have been given a considerable amount of suggestions as to readings, doctrine and ideas. None of the information I have been given is incorrect, inappropriate or in my own words “out in left field”, but I am concerned as to why so many people are trying to follow a direction or idea rather than doing what as 21st Century teachers we expect our students to do. We strive to create students that are independent thinkers, that will take the information that they are given, add their background information and experience and then provide a solution, answer or reflection that represents them.
This being stated, understood and possibly agreed upon I ask this pair of questions. What are the traits of a great leader and secondly, why should we expect to find all of these traits in one individual when we know that most leadership in education and businesses are team based?