10 thoughts on “Thought Paper 2”

  1. As we all know, education and for that matter, her leadships were all founded on one simple fact:’producing workforce for the companies’ and it is very sad to say that even today, most schools are producing products who are not critical thinkers, who can’t make simple decisions for themselves, synthesize and solve problems by themselve, unless someone tells them what to do.

    These disease of under training as I call it, needs to be addressed as it’s not acceptable in this twenty-first century.

    Having said that, we are in dying need of school leaders who will come up with current educational policies that will revolutionalize this ‘mass production of robots’ and placed it with critical thinkers, problem-solvers, analysers, and people who are capable of developing initiatives that would solve the problem of universal mass-unemployement.

    Among the many features trumpeted by many schools of thought, I believe these listed below are of greater importance in this our contemporary times.

    1. Social Impact. Generating trust, for people to tune in, connect with and realize what is best in them. Cutting through ranks. Vulnerable, big yet human. Fairness. Sensitivity, emotional intelligence. Observant of people. Setting limits. Rightmindedness. By-your-sideness.

    2. Target setting. Setting the goals. Making clear what is expected of each. Courageously and with prudence, reaching out.

    3. Conceptual Ability. Reading the field, conceptualizing the territory for self and others. Coping intellectually in order to cope in a concrete way. Sustaining a common vocabulary, thus ‘no child is left behind’ renewing the story base, grasping with conceptual clarity the fundamentals and the immediately urgent.

    4. Handling Brilliance. Disagreeing without being disagreeable. Open agenda, demanding the same from all. No nonsense, no bullshit, no badmouthing, no games, no politics, no intrigue. Solution focus, reasoning without downplay. Dialogue skills. Balance of judgement, balance of self. Ability to change rhythm and approach.

    5. Independent Thinking. Imagination. Inquiry mode. Alternatives, new perspectives. Reading beyond the obvious. A break-through insight mentality. Visionary. Urge to know the truth. Humbleness in the face of the paradoxes of leadership. source: (www.esasaarinen.com)

    When all these features are fully utilized in the field of educational administration, schools would become a place where students’ minds, hearts and hands are developed to the fullest.

  2. I have only two types of leadership that I think are essential for educational purposes in this time. Democratic leadership I think is one of the features which is essential for educational purposes, it states that a leader makes decision from its members to increased their satisfaction and motivate them to work better. For example, in my university before when I was working with the dean of the college as a student assistant, she held a meeting about the teaching overloads. Then, she asks for suggestions to solve the problem of overloading. After making the decision, I realized that there is satisfaction within the professors of the college. Another one is transformation leadership that encourages the members to be effective and efficient. The leader looks on the ideas that make the vision attainable. A real – life example, a company named Plastic Co. in the 70’s or 80’s which I heard from my pastor in the Philippines. The company is going to close that time because of bankruptcy. The workers of the company are worried about this matter and sooner they will become jobless. Instead of making protests, the leader of worker’s union tells their members and the other officers to help the company avoid its end. They work even less or without paid for the sake of the company. Then after the year, the company became famous in producing high quality plastic materials. The workers who helped the company became the managers and supervisors. The success until now is known by them, especially the leader of union that convinces his coworkers to help the company. Communication with the other members and the power to convince for change is difficult; still they achieved their goal through good intentions and passion to make change.

  3. The six attributes of a good leader are result of character and personal; integrity as such is deeply seated within those who possess them. They must be developed through self-discipline; time pressure; they are not inherited; and cannot be duplicated for some time. Such attributes are results of instruction, commitment and a deep concern for what is right, as well as for the best interest of others. They are modelled on a daily basis, tested and proven in times of trials and adversity.

    1. Attributes 1: Set High Standards:
    Set with a vision, not of what was, but of what could and should be.

    2. Attributes 2: Live Your Standards and Mentor Those Who Follow You:
    Leader thought that their follower will learn through the process without communicating the expectations. Effective leaders invest themselves into their followers. They modelled the correct attitude and behaviour on to their subordinates. It is like teaching a child in his infancy to become a good person.

    3. Attributes 3: Create and Share A Vision:
    Every successful leader must instil their vision to where the organization is going and show how that goal will be attain by their follower.

    4. Attributes 4: Make The Hard Decision When Necessary:
    Effective leadership are characterized by a willingness to take a hard decisions when necessary.

    5. Attributes 5: Be Visible and Out Front:
    Leader to be respected must be visible and out front. The unseen leaders are leaders who are not followed. Look at the Great leaders Winston Churchill and alike.

    6. Attributes 6: Instil Hope to Those Who Follow:

  4. For me, leadership requires a distinct set of “management skills” and “confidence” to carry out the goals, objectives, mission and vision of the school. You have to be able to motivate and develop your team, to communicate well with them ad to build a good strategy that allows each individual to perform to the best of their abilities.
    For example in school, the administrator or the principal should build an open communication to his/her teachers and other staffs. By this example, the administrator/principal would know the strengths and weaknesses of his/her staff and through this they can create a good atmosphere where everybody can perform their tasks to the best of their abilities. It will also help the school to achieve or attain success. Every teacher needs a supportive faculty and convenient class schedules.

  5. Nowadays, we as teachers who dream to be part of the leadership organization or even the present administrators or leaders, tries to get or know the best features that are really essential for educational purposes. Knowing this features will somewhat gives an idea on how to run a school more effectively which is I guess one of the main goal and objectives of every leader. Just to make learning more efficient and the quality of teaching is at its best, many of these leaders are searching for the right features that are essential for educational purposes that would somewhat brings changes and development in each respective school. Well, the following features listed below is in great help and significant for future leaders prior for the educational purposes in the twenty-first century.
    1. Unshakeable faith in life. Optimism. Solution-focus, humour. Humility with dignity.
    2. Excitement of the human potential. Inspires human growth in people around her.
    3. Systems Intelligence. Holistic ability. Realizing the interactive uplifting possibilities. Small change, big momentum. Perceiving the subtle interconnections, systems that support wise actions.
    4. Self Leadership. Integrity. Doing what is right. Personal example. Unpretending presence.
    5. Social Impact. Generates trust, for people to tune in, connect with and realize what is best in them. Cutting through ranks. Vulnerable, big yet human. Fairness. Sensitivity, emotional intelligence. Observant of people. Setting limits. Rightmindedness. By-your-sideness.
    6. Target setting. Setting the goals. Making clear what is expected of each. Courageously and with prudence, reaching out.
    7. Conceptual Ability. Reading the field, conceptualizing the territory for self and others. Coping intellectually in order to cope in a concrete way. Sustaining a common vocabulary, renewing the story base, grasping with conceptual clarity the fundamentals and the immediately urgent.
    8. Handling Brilliance. Disagreeing without being disagreeable. Open agenda, demanding the same from all. No nonsense, no bullshit, no badmouthing, no games, no politics, no intrigue. Solution focus, reasoning without downplay. Dialogue skills. Balance of judgement, balance of self. Ability to change rhythm and approach.
    9. Independent Thinking. Imagination. Inquiry mode. Alternatives, new perspectives. Reading beyond the obvious. A break-through insight mentality. Visionary. Urge to know the truth. Humbleness in the face of the paradoxes of leadership.
    10. A star, primarily the space.
    These are the features of leadership which I think is greatly essential for educational purposes having and giving its own meaning on how things should be done and how it relates to real life situations.

  6. Our world is now entering into the age of globalization. Schools and other educational institutions are expected to provide globally competent individuals who could survive in the ever-changing landscape of the industry. Hence, a new and modified breed of leadership that would meet the demands of our society is needed to suit our present educational needs.

    The following are the leadership features which I strongly believe would successfully drive our educational institutions in the 21st century.

    1.Excellence-Driven Leadership. At this age, competition is getting higher and higher. We might not want to accept it but the reality is we have to strive and survive to keep ourselves alive. Mediocre leaders are outdated in the educational arena. We need leaders who believe the value of excellence in all aspects of the educational setting. We need leaders who believe that excellence is not beyond their reach. In short, we need visionary and competent leaders. Imagine a school in a competitive society driven by a mediocre leader.

    An excellence-driven leader will never be outdated because he knows how to adjust if not adapt the society where he is living. An excellent leader never stops learning for a reason but continues to explore for personal and professional world. An excellent-driven leader does not retire from the world but the world retires at him.

    2.Values-Driven Leadership. We cannot lead people by just our mouths but we lead them best by example. An excellent 21st century leader has strong interpersonal and intrapersonal values- he is clean inside and out. A leader cannot expect those people in school to practice the values he is promoting if he himself does not practice those values. A values-driven leader who is suited to the type of education in the 21st century believes and practices integrity, honesty, equality, respect, responsibility and all other values which our learners need to have.

    3.People-Driven Leadership. Leading people does not mean letting them follow you but making them feel important to you as a leader. A style of leadership which would surely survive in this era is the “I-know-it-all” kind of leadership. As educational leader, one must be very sensitive to the needs of its constituents and not just make decision according to what he believe is right and what he thinks is good and to what he feels better.

  7. I can infer that educating is leading; a teacher guides students out of ignorance. In leadership, human growth is inspired, the holistic ability of a person is being honed. There is optimism as imaginations are made concrete and goals are set. Leadership promotes integrity, humility, prudence and sensitivity. Lastly, there are no short cuts and hurried decision-making. There is a vision and sense of direction. All of these reflect education, before teachers see their students, they already focus themselves to what should be imparted to them. The educators always long for the development of learners in whatever life’s aspect and they think about the students’ after-school life. Though hardships in the educational field come along, welfare of students is the topmost priority. I can best share my experience about this, I always look up to each teaching day, though I didn’t have a goodnight sleep or it’s my bad hair day, I always motivate myself by imagining producing contented and successful professionals. My colleague in the Thai school is another good example, I like her style about correcting mistakes of students, she leads them to analyze/think critically and have the second chance of getting things correct instead of scolding them. And this is the greatest for me, our department head is so humble and she gives others their right to speak their minds, she acknowledges efforts and politely encourages self-discipline but she remains firm, rational and consistent. For me, that’s what leadership in education is all about.

  8. Thought Paper 2
    What are the features of leadership that are essential for educational purposes in the twenty-first century? Support your answers with real-life examples.
    Leadership has been kept changing because society keeps on changing too. Its features addressed the different purposes why it exists. In the area of education, there have been standards to follow. There is no one package for school leadership, no single model to be learned and applied, regardless of culture or context. However, leadership can be developed, nurtured, supported, challenged, and changed. School leadership is not static. School leaders do not learn how to ‘do’ leadership and then stick to set patterns and ways of doing things with a prescribed set of known rules. Effective school leaders are often rule breakers and who are trouble makers because they are the proponents of change. They are also flexible to be able to response to a new set of circumstances and the differing needs of learners, of teachers and of communities.
    School leadership is beyond the heroic undertakings of one individual. That is the reason why transformational leadership or distributed leadership is popular nowadays because it considers the opinions not only of the heads of the department but also of teachers and staff or of the people directly involve in the school.
    In this century, there are lots of features that are essential for educational purposes.
    As a school leader, first, one needs to be visionary, or seeing the big picture. Having such skills one could know where the school is going. By doing so, long-term plans for the school are being taken into consideration. Then, the ability to empower people, to bring the best performance that they could give through motivation- not looking down to their capacity to do things. Another is the power to communicate and the power to manage the conflict. Communication is the number one factor that could make relationship failed or succeed. Moreover, being fair and ethical are considered to be crucial in leadership as well. And as a leader, one should be strong; should have integrity with unshakable faith in life because how could someone lead others if he/she himself/herself can’t lead his/her life. And since I’m learning to be, if given opportunities, a leader, I could say that this is the first and foremost thing to do.

  9. There are lots of different factors that affect the school setting especially in this 21st century. Some of them are climate change, population, Information Technology, culture and religion, the demand of the job market and a lot more. Those are factors that an educational leader should look into. Those are factors that will challenge him as a leader. the question now the is that how will the leader cope with these challenging factors in the school system or features or leadership style will he use or adopt which serves as his armor unto days challenging world.
    I believe that there are four major aspects of leadership that we need to consider and adopt in this 21st century aside from being knowledgeable and skillful and that is one, collaboration. More heads are better than one. Tasks become easier, goal meets earlier and not only that but your relationships and bonds become stronger and better. Second is implementation and third is innovation (Lean Leadership (Mark Graban) ). This basically explains that everyone, whether leading or following is involved in a mixture of innovation and implementation. It is bringing to bear the mix of innovation and implementation most appropriate to the circumstances. Therefore there is no point in inventing a new process if the present one is most effective and conversely, when a process is ineffective it is inappropriate to continue implementing it without innovating solution. Say in an educational setting for instance, if the demand of the job market is hiring IT teachers then look for IT teachers. In other cases if the reason for failing grades of the students say in an English class is because of teachers lack of knowledge and skills in teaching the language let him/her undergo some seminars, workshops or perhaps pair tutoring and if not still and he/she gives up then fine another one better. Last but not the least is that he/she knows how to “touch other’s lives” specifically his/her constituents. Tapping on their shoulder, simple “Hi” “hello”, praising these are just few of the examples.

  10. “Chaos is the law of nature. Order is the dream of man.”
    Gearing toward the 21st century, what the nation needs is what education can give, if and only if good leadership emerge from the times and circumstances. The art of leading is the art of dealing with humanity, of working diligently on behalf of men, of being sympathetic with them, but equally, of insisting that they make a square facing toward their own problems. The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people, so leadership must be clearly defined.
    There is no abc to leadership, but here are some of the good attributes needed by a leader that would stand out in the educational system now and in the time to come.

    Leadership Quality 1: Good leaders know themselves.
    Knowing oneself is necessary when faced with challenges or ethical choices, communicating with those who have different ideas, making decisions, and identifying sources of satisfaction.
    Often we are caught in the middle to decide on right things. We need to be clear about our own values, priorities, and preferences and not let someone else, or society, define them for us. By clearly identifying those values, priorities, and preferences we can articulate what we want, develop benchmarks, and make better choices.
    Effective leaders know what’s important to them, what their strengths and weaknesses are, what drives them, and where to draw the line. Put it together and it boils down to a leader who has self-confidence and clear values.
    Leadership Quality 2: Good leaders are committed.
    In addition to being self-aware, an effective leader is not afraid to take on responsibilities. Sometimes it requires putting the organization or group first-and keeping it there. It is known as a committed leader.
    I’ve been into several organizations way back college. Despite the arduous tasks given on my hands that time I was able to do my responsibilities in each organization while at the depth of my studies. It’s just a matter of acceptance. No matter how loaded I am, I see to it that I can be able to do my obligation in each organization while at same time maintaining my grades. Commitment goes with willingness to do it.
    Leadership Quality 3: Good leaders know they don’t know everything.
    Believing that an effective leader is one who knows it all is one of the most dangerous misconceptions about leadership. Human frailty comes into play whether sitting in a cubicle or a corner office. So while the ultimate decision and responsibility may lie with one individual, it is incumbent upon her or him to gather information and trust others’ points of view before developing a plan of action.
    Cynthia Thompson reflected, “The most challenging element of leadership is to bring individuals together to move forward, but that’s also the most rewarding. It’s so wonderful when it does happen. To get there requires maturity to recognize that your way is never the only way.”

    Leadership Quality 4: Good leaders are open to change.
    Change is one of life’s most obvious factors, yet remains one of the most strongly resisted. As Peter Senge says, “Everything is in motion, continually changing, forever adapting.” Effective leaders recognize the value of change.
    Yet all too often, it’s much more comfortable to ignore the inevitability of change and to keep things the way they’ve always been. Unless a leader’s goal is to bankrupt a business or ensure no new members join an organization that approach cannot work. Changes need to be anticipated and responded to if growth is going to continue. And that applies to minor changes, as well as major ones.
    Leadership Quality 5: Good leaders go the extra mile.
    Some leaders have a lifetime of small acts of leadership as extraordinary encouragers, strong organizers, good persuaders, or charismatic speakers. When it comes down to it, how we lead is a reflection of the characteristics and values that define who we are. Life revolves itself principally into what we do and what we are, the former largely controlled by the latter.

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