When the negativity and opposition rises, leaders need to become listeners. It is the only way forward without losing ground.
Listen well whether you are just being hired or have been there for a long time. Bring the value of relationships and of vison. Then choose carefully the place where you can lead and serve most effectively.
Now is the time for questioning the standards for behavior and discipline, renewing a common belief and practice among the faculty and staff.
If we are to gain momentum and gather a community of support, trust is the essential element.
Is respect given or earned? Is it extended to positions and roles or to individuals who occupy them? Is it a societal absolute or an ethereal feeling or thought?
If the promised economic changes come to pass and overseas jobs are brought back to this country and our workforce fails to produce as well as their overseas counterparts, schools will certainly be blamed.
Guest blogger Karine Veldhoen wonders, "Could schools be filled with delight? Could we be vibrant, innovative, and energetic? Might delight be an ingredient in the recipe of social-emotional competency for teachers and students?"
An effective and successful teacher leader can become a teacher leader without an appointment, simply through earned recognition.
Whatever the reason for the style of communication being used, the lesson of its effectiveness is being taught, the attitude is being proudly shared, and children are admiring it. It is damaging and harmful.
If the environment is one of unhappy, misunderstood, stressed adults, children will always pay a price.