I've always marveled at those leaders who seem to run things with such efficiency and confidence and do so with seemingly no effort. They have an air about them of being calm, collected and in control. To some, their attitude towards what others deem a crisis may seem flippant, but upon closer inspection it is simply grace under fire. I have always wondered what it took to be such a leader. A leader who, when all others begin to panic, remains calm and knows how to work the problem towards a solution.
The past two weeks have been a test for me, as it seems that anything that could happen did...and then some! When I stop and reflect on all of the things that have gone on since early June I'm surprised I'm still sane! I will not go into detail over what has happened as much of it is confidential, and really not relevant to what I am speaking to in this blog. Just trust me when I say it's been a full fortnight! So while things around me seemed to be getting chaotic I learned my most valuable lesson in leadership, use your team!
I am blessed to be working with so many great teachers whose main focus is student success. These people understand what it means to do a good job and they make sure to do a great one! During these past two weeks, when things have been less than normal I have been able to focus on working towards solutions with the people I need to. All the while things in classrooms are running as smooth as clock-work. Teachers are focused on getting kids prepped for finals and making sure all those last minute assignments are done and submitted. It is obvious when I'm in the hallways and classrooms that things are "normal" for the students. They are able to focus on what they need to, which is learning. What I need to remember to do is make sure I thank the people who are making my leadership look effortless. My admin assistant is always one step ahead of me, my caretaker always knows what we need before we need it, and as I said, the teachers are always going above and beyond.
So, when you think about your leadership, how are you using those around you? Who are those "rocks" that you can always count on? Where are your hot-spots, and how will you work with those when things start to get bumpy?
As always, comments are welcome!