Leading with Empathy and Innovation
Post date: 10-Oct-2013 14:39:26
A Transformational Leadership Style
I can define my leadership style in two words: empathetic and innovative. I care deeply for the school community I am engaged with: students, faculty and staff, parents. It is important that every member of a school community feels a sense of belonging and trust. I believe that when people are engaged in the decision-making process, they feel empowered and supported; they discover their inner strength and talents and are more enthusiastic to share them. I believe that everyone can learn from one another, and this kind of sharing among positions generates a unique and gratifying learning and working environment for all that is conducive to growth and achievement. I strive to put myself in the service of teachers so they become agents of change in the interest of their students and bring creative and resourceful outcomes to the future generations.
Imagination and creativity are what set humankind apart. When nurtured, these unique skills allow one to take risks and have pride in accomplishments that seemed out of reach. I believe that, as a leader, it is my job to open the door for teachers to new innovations in education that they can share with their students. I actively seek new approaches to pedagogy that will help teachers prepare children to explore and master their environment and learn creative ways to meet the challenges that lie ahead.
I believe that schools should be student-centered and that learning should be a boundless pursuit of knowledge and a rewarding, inspiring adventure. Students should be encouraged to take risks and learn from mistakes; they develop pride and a greater sense of themselves in both success and disappointment. Teachers should empower their students to take charge of their learning and help them reflect on their own actions and decisions in order to foster important social and emotional skills.
I believe that everyone deserves to find balance and well-being in their life, and that nurturing all sides of a student should be one of a school’s highest priorities. This goal requires a rigorous and meaningful curriculum that incorporates both academic and social-emotional learning and the careful selection of highly qualified educators who feel responsible for the success of every student. I also believe that recognition of outstanding work is just as important as constructive criticism and accountability.
I believe that the role of a teacher has changed dramatically in recent years. Today, the best teachers are those who act as their students’ partner and guide in learning, who keep abreast of research and new discoveries, provide meaningful learning experiences and passionately pursue excellence in their field. They model exceptional conduct and act as a coach and mentor within their communities. I believe it is the Head’s responsibility to create a collaborative teaching community and to inspire the faculty to set ambitious goals for themselves.
Mentoring and coaching programs between new and experienced teachers and peer-to-peer observation and feedback are invaluable and meaningful ways to enhance and develop classroom practices and synergy among the faculty members.