Dr. Edward Roy Krishnan
What is your personal concept of Educational Leadership? (250-500 words)
The basis of good leadership is honorable character and selfless service to your organization. In your employees’ eyes, your leadership is everything you do that affects the organization’s objectives and their well-being. Respected leaders concentrate on “what they are” such as belief and character, :what they know” such as their job, tasks and human nature, and “what they do” such as implementing, motivating and providing direction.
In Educational Leadership, a leader must have all the characteristics mentioned above if you want your school to be successful. And as an Educational leader you must know yourself and seek self-improvement by continually strengthening your attributes, be technically proficient by knowing your job and have a solid familiarity with your employees, seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions by searching for ways to guide your school to new heights, be a good example or role model for your employees, know your people and look out for their well-being by knowing human nature and the importance on sincerely caring for your workers, keep your teachers and staffs informed by knowing how to communicate with them and use the full capabilities of your organization by developing a team spirit.
The role of principal continues to become more complex and challenging. Traditional leaders may have considered their jobs to be solely the managers of schools. But the current social and educational context which combines hgigh stakes accountability with high ideals of supporting social, physical and emotional needs of children. Demands that principals demonstrate the vision, courage and skill tolead and advocate for effective learning communities in which all students and adults reach their highest potential. My concept of Educational leadership are;
1. Be a Learner-Centered leader that work with a vision for high achievement of all children and are clear about their performance result. A learner-centered which means create process and structures that enable adults, as well as students to participate and learn.
2. Lead Diverse Communities: Principal that can deliver high level of learning for all students, particularly to students with disabilities and students from low income homes. Principal that will lead schools that individualize learning to students.
3. Lead 21st Centruy Learning: Principal that adopts rigorous college readiness standards throughout the learning process. Knowledge that will thrive in an increasingly competetive and collaborative society.
4. Lead Continous Improvement: A leader that would advocate relevant staff development that will transform teaching to increase students learning.
5. Leade Using Konowledge and Data: A use of multiple measures of datas showing the growth in learning of individual studnets to allow the school to be more accountable and assessed what was done and was not done, to encourage progress.
6. Lead Parent, Family and Community Engagement: Engage every stakeholders to go beyond in ways that directly support student learning and development. Because conditions outside school have more impact on students performance and social development.
People see me as tough and uncontrollable. They think of me as someone who refuses to be reprimanded. However, as I go along the life-changing journey of teaching, Iâ€™ve learned how to respect superiority and undergo scrutiny. I began to let go of my selfish concerns. That for me is the effect of Educational Leadership and thatâ€™s how I understand it. It encourages the education community to be more responsible (caring, supportive), more productive and more humane (just, equal) to have a safer and healthier world.
Inspired by the theories read about educational leadership, personal experiences observation formal and informal shared experiences of the leaders in the field of education, I came up with my own concept of educational leadership; that the secret to outstanding educational leadership is not in what you convince others to do for you, but what you inspire them to do through your example and not just mere example bad should be and must be if not better then the best example.
For an educational leader to be a role model, he/she is personally nourished and nurtured by some important skills necessary in leading the community of learners. Skills referred to are effective communicator, visionary, data driven, student and teacher centered, good decision maker, problem solver, â€œknow howâ€ in using appropriate tools and equipments which are in demand this 21st century such as computer gadgets, globally competitive, healthy in an out, readiness of the given roles and responsibilities and a lot more skills which are pertinent in leading.
Furthermore, the role of an educational leader doesnâ€™t stop in nourishing him/ her with those skills and knowledge but he/she as well share it to the people who make up the community of learners. Most importantly, educational leader â€œtouchesâ€ the lives of people that make up the community of learners. How? By:
1. His/ her presence is highly appreciated
People may admire his/her talent, charisma and educational skills both in administrative and instructional aspect but they will not really trust him/her until he/she makes time to be present for them- emotionally as well as physically.
He/ she canâ€™t just order creativity like a special lunch or instill happiness through a program. To enjoy the education and human benefits of play in educational setting, he/she needs to nurture an environment full of trust and respect and free of fear.
3. Make their day
One of the ways for an educational leader to make someoneâ€™s day, month year or life is simply to VALUE them; simple gestures such as appreciation and giving simple gestures such as appreciation and giving people a voice fulfill emotional needs too often ignored on the job.
4. Choose the â€œrightâ€ attitude
As a leader his /her attitudes have a powerful effect on the people who work around him/her. Choosing the right attitude is basically has a positive effect. He/she might not be able to know the stress, pressure, anxieties, discomfort and controversies failures and frustrations that they bring with them every time they go to school or in the office but who might know that you actually had touched their lives because youâ€™ve shown the right attitude from those that moments you are with them.
Schools have been established to translate the constitutional mandate of providing quality education to the youth in concrete terms. The main function of the school then is to provide effective instruction to all the students under its care and specifically with the role of the leader. It has been said that as leaders, we need a range of leadership styles to successfully address the variety of challenges in our respective school. My concept about educational leadership has something to do with the kind of leadership a person have in concern with the educational aspects. School can only be effective if a leader can provide a leadership that can cater a learning environment which makes effective learning and maximal learning possible. Through effective leadership, education then is at its best. Educational leadership as an overview takes a lot of challenges, responsibilities in the field of teaching and in the lives of every student. An effective leader always views that to teach is to touch live forever. Leaders then should have leadership wherein learning and education is one of its main priorities to the extent that he will do the best as he can give to make the lives of every student even better.
Me as a student of educational administration, my perosnal concept is very simple.
Being a humble administrator. For the fact that I have an M.Ed degree does not mean I’m better than the people I’m going to work with, Leadership is by example is the popular adage, so I want my followers to respect me and implement decisions I think will enhance instruction, it must be done with humility.
Secondly, I beleive that shared leadership is very rewarding, so I would like to adopt ‘school-base management approach, where I will distribute roles and make the teachers feel very important and parents o know the current issues and needs of the community to align ur curriculum to accommodate such changes.
What is more, I will make communication an important commodity where suggestion boxes will be placed at vantage points and will be moitered every two weeks, and concerns suggested are taken for the site council’s deliberation and approval.
Furthermore, I will also place more emphasis on the usage of ICT to prepare students to be globally competitive.
Thought Paper 6
What is your personal concept of Educational Leadership?
Leadership is a learned behavior. Very few are born with such ability. We often think of leaders as a single personality type, “born to lead.” But in reality all that leaders have in common are the initiative and the desire. There is no one leadership personality. Leaders are forged from all types. Leaders are able to use different types of power in different times, at different situations.
A leader must provide a clear vision, a direction that follower must know where they are going and why. They communicate that vision clearly and with a passion which motivates the followers to make the vision their own.
Leadership is just like being the person steering the ship towards a specific, planned destination that is why it is considered as the ability to get people to follow but it is not just getting people to do what is asked. They must be motivated to want to do what is asked them to do.
Leader for me is an agent for change because time change, so do the demands and expectations. So, the leaderâ€™s ultimate role should envision a better future and work to make that vision a reality. A powerful leader could instill the need for others to instill this change to keep up with what is the trend.
As a future leader, I believe leadership constitutes what are mentioned above.
Amidst complexity of the reality we live in, still this world needs good leaders who can thrive in this ever changing world. In the context of educational system, leadership is a consequence of social and institutional change that can trigger and sustain school development. It actively contributes to school improvement. Improvement is a key issue for leadership-this is where its challenges lie.
Flexibility is necessary in order to face current educational challenges. School systems are thus urged to place greater authority in the hands of the individual school, with a consequent redistribution of power at all levels. Every component of the school as a system is involved in this reshaping-from the overall organizational structure through to the decision-making processes and mechanisms; from the pedagogical framework down to the teaching programs and learning processes and up to the management of human and financial resources. This, however, should not be seen as a mere re-sketching of the decision-takersâ€™ map. A new definition is needed of roles and professional profiles engaged in the planning, leading and management of unfamiliar tasks. What schools need are new local leaders.
Proactively empowering others in an educational environment must be taken into account as a leadership responsibility. Not only must school heads, local administrators/ regional/national government worry about the daily practice of running a school but they must perceive themselves to be and must act as a change agents, fostering innovation and supporting improvement. The school must be injected with medicines that can cure flaws on the school and can reshape it. This is possible through deserving people impacting on the benefits of the students.
On account of its numerous facets and the diverse connotations, educational leadership is not easily defined. But it brings about camaraderie with the individuals that are apart of it. Not only within the hands of the head/administrators that leadership exists but for every individuals who shares in the educational context such as teachers. Leadership must not only thrive within the administration but at all levels including inside the classroom.
Good leaders who have a space in the educational system are the ones who are packed with ethical behavior, sound judgment, adaptable/flexible, inspiring, forward-looking and committed. These are all substantial services evolving within the educational umbrella. On the other hand, strategies need to be developed so that school leaders may be spotted, recruited, trained, supervised and appraised.
Iâ€™m starting to realize the essence of leadership in the school where I teach. Leadership is something to do with good attitude and knowledge about something you want to organize. Well, after so many definitions about leadership, I think that leadership in education includes good management and visions that pertains to its goal. Educational leadership for me based on what Iâ€™ve learned from my professor and my experiences is that leading and guiding teachers and students to achieve its goals through building good relationship with the members of organization. Itâ€™s very hard for me to define educational leadership alone because we as educators talking about peopleâ€™s lives not just profession alone. So that with regards to educational management leadership must be considerable in terms of its goals and objectives. For example, to meet the standards of school in academic performances of students and professional development of teachers should be attained through good management and leadership. Theories or principles might help according to its function but still education is progressing and changing for good or for bad through environmental, economical, technological, political and other factors. Pursuing development through researches for education can also contribute knowledge for leaders and applying these results could somehow improve on its purpose. We cannot completely change of what has been used for years or for centuries in education to achieve its goals but piece by piece through willingness and passion to make it better I think educational leaders might have.
Most of the time, the concept of Educational Leadership is confusing in different aspects and how it is being practiced. First of all, everyone seems to have vested interest in educational leadership. In the Philippines, where I have grown up, village captains to town mayors to province governors to the congressmen, senators and the president decide and implement educational policies. This way, they consider themselves educational leaders if not change makers.
Another confusing concept of Educational Leadership is how it is being practiced in schools/colleges/universities. Some Educational Leaders tend to focus more on their political role while some greedily settle to their role as business administrator and consider schools as one hundred percent for-profit company.
My personal concept of Educational Leadership yields from the fact that schools are social institutions that play vital role in the development of the society especially in assuring healthy development of children. Therefore educational leaders should have very deep understanding on the task that he is going to take. Effective schools are places where children have equal opportunities to know who they are, achieve what they can and even beyond it and understand the society where they are living. A good educational leader is the one who could make those things happen.
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