Driving But Not Steering #leadership #edchat

@MrBrettClark 1 Comments


I was thinking about leadership last night as I was getting ready for bed and the role I play in it. Here I am in a district that I'm leading towards effective appropriate use of technology in our classrooms. I've been asked to help start a 1:1 program and we will be hosting an eLearning Conference this summer. I have certain things I want to see in our classrooms and more importantly in the lives of our staff and students. However, I think the journey of learning is a personal one.

I found myself asking this question: Can I drive our district without steering it?

Because that's what I really want to be able to do. 

I want to be able to help us accelerate by pressing on the gas sometimes. I feel like it's part of my role to continue to push us and stretch us.   I want to be able to brake as needed because there are times when we really need to slow down and think about what's ahead or just enjoy the view around us

However, I'm not sure how much I want to steer. I'm not here to take people where I think they should be but I'm here to make sure they get where they want to be. 

Eventually, I'd like to just be a passenger. Just along for the ride. 

Does this make sense to anyone beside me? How much driving/steering should leaders do? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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1 comment:

  1. Yesyesyesyes. As a technology integration coach, I'm not a leader but a colleague. This is still exactly how I envision my job someday. I want to help people get where they want to be. I want to help teachers define and work towards their goals. But I want them to take ownership and know that it is them with all the good ideas...I'm just helping get them motivated :) Thank you for this!