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The Struggle is Real- threefold statement on leadership


December 31, 2016

As an instructional leader, I am perpetually looking for knowledge to inspire, to teach, and to broaden my current perspective. I am also personally interested in the quiet work of The Elders.  Many teachers are interested in social justice.  As our public school populations continue to shift, it is imperative that we understand our students' backgrounds and the walls of prejudice they face daily.  Chair of the Elders, Kofi Annan's statement on leadership is fourfold. These three points can guide current and future #teacherleaders

1.  Be open and willing to listen
2.  Need not always be right
3.  A good follower

BE OPEN. To be open is to understand that all of our teachers have brilliant ideas. We must be willing to listen to these ideas. Teacher leaders must also be open to the restrictive policies of our schools. Teacher leaders must guide teachers and administrators. Often, administrators see the bigger picture. For example, charter schools in our state can be closed based on test scores. As a teacher leader in a charter school, data is often more important than the individual desires of teachers. It often falls to a teacher leader to explain these intricacies to teachers. Teacher leaders balance the needs of admin with the needs of teachers by listening carefully.

NEED NOT ALWAYS BE RIGHT. A teacher leader must bravely admit their failings. To not always be right means understanding that needs of admin and the needs of teachers must come first. We can be wrong. Being in the middle is a balancing game. We need not always be right to accomplish our goals. Not always being right can broaden our perspective.

A GOOD FOLLOWER. Leaders must be good followers. Really? YES! In keeping with the season of Christmastide, or Twelvetide,  here are three christian followers who grew into notable leaders. Ultimately, we must model followership to model good leadership. Michael Hyatt, @MichaelHyatt provided these examples in his blogpost,
WHY THE BEST LEADERS ARE GREAT FOLLOWERS
  • Joshua followed Moses for more than forty years before he led the children of Israel into the promised land.

    Elisha served Elijah for ten years before he took up his master’s mantle and went on to perform even more miracles.

    The Apostle Peter followed Jesus for three years—and made a lot of mistakes—before he and his fellow-disciples “turned the world upside down.” 
As I prepare for our next semester of school, I will prayerfully consider Kofi Annan's threefold statement to be open, to be okay with not always being right, and to be a good follower.


Suzanne Rogers, M.Ed.
@Rogers_Suzanne

District Director of Professional development, AP English teacher, ELA Coach and cradle United Methodist. http://rogerssuzannem.blogspot.com
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