My contribution to Leadership Day, 2010:
I have had the incredibly good fortune (for which I am so grateful) to be an educational leader for 13 years now, but only in the past several years have I sought to be come an educational leader– and it’s been a great ride, one I wish all my school leadership colleagues will take! Here is a smattering of thoughts on techniques for 21st century ed leadership, with one most important message: today more than ever, leadership is about learning, and those of us who aim to lead learning must be ourselves Chief Learners in order to be Chiefs of Learning.
Focus on yourself. You must become the change you wish to see in your schools. Unfortunately, this can be hard if we are, as I think I was, trapped in a fixed mindset. Carol Dweck’s book Mindset was critical to me; she explains how there are only two mindsets, fixed and growth, and many of us, students and even more so adults, are trapped in a fixed mindset. In this, we think we are what we have been, and cannot become something different. We think that to seek to grow, to learn, to change will demonstrate weakness, flaws, or failings. We think that if we have not been, in our past, digitally savvy, then we cannot change ourselves. But if we take Dweck and adopt a growth mindset, there is nothing we cannot become.
Having adopted a growth mindset and made the pledge to learn and grow, start and don’t stop learning. Reframe your own self-image as Principal, Head or Superintendent; you are not just Chief of Learning but you are Chief Learner, you are Learner-in-Chief. Read More Learner-in-Chief: Leading in 21st century education