Last week I had a discussion with a friend who works as an Elementary classroom teacher in New Zealand. We were talking about my current role and what it involved. As part of the discussion, we talked about my transition from a classroom teacher in New Zealand, my journey to Singapore and into leadership. My friend asked me a question that really sparked my interest (and this blog post). They asked me, “As a leader in your school, how do you find time to learn when you are always leading others?”. Here is my response in blog form:
In life, perception is the reality. The way people perceive you is the reality to them so always being aware of how you are perceived is a critical element to any leaders toolkit. A standard perception of leaders is that they do not partake in professional learning opportunities, they just deliver them. In my opinion, if leaders are doing this, they are simply doing it wrong!
As a leader, I not only want to learn to be better at my job, but I want to be the best possible role-modelto other staff. Being an active, visible learner models to others how to lead and learn. In leadership, it is important to me to improve so that I can support others in better ways and help people grow.
As a leader, I ask questions because I want to learn, not because I am being difficult. I strategically question people to get more information and to dig deeper so that both of our learning experiences are improved. I want to make people think about WHY they are learning and how it impacts student learning (this should always be evident in our learning as educators).
As a leader, I expect my team to be on the job (and off the job) learners so I have to be too.
As a leader, I have developed a space for others in my organization to share their learning (both internally and globally) as well. We use tools like Twitter and our school hashtag (#SAISrocks) to share our learning journey and to be visible learners.
As a leader, how do you grow? Please share – as a leader – I want to learn from you too!
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