I have stated before, in a blog post that
“In the end, being in a position of leadership is both a gift and a responsibility. Leaders need to surround themselves with the resources that will support them in their role because change starts with us.” (swallwin.wordpress.com)
Michael Fullan’s, Indelible Leadership:Always Leave Them Learning, is another excellent resource for this who are want to continue to push their leadership learning and add a resource to their leadership toolbox. The goal of the book is to strengthen leaders so that they can unleash the spirit, passion, commitment and focus for the deep learning required by all to upset the status quo in education and prepare students to make an indelible impact of their own.
The book is organized around the six tensions that Fullan believes will support the deep learning:
- Moral Imperative and Uplifting Leadership
- Master Content and Process
- Lead and Learn in Equal Measure
- See Students as Change Agents and Proteges
- Feed and Be Fed by the System
- Be Essential and Dispensable
All 6 tensions work in unison and are not independent of each other, but the one chapter that really resonated with me is the one in which an effective leader should be both essential and dispensable. Empowering others should be the ultimate goal of all leaders. Strong leadership does not involve ego. It is not about you, but the people you serve and that priority should direct you in all you do.
I have the privilege of working with #sgdsbtc Technology Champions who are dedicated and passionate life-long learners who work hard to provide rich, authentic 21st century learning opportunities for all the learners in their sphere of influence. These 15 individuals challenge my thinking, leadership and learning every day. They make me want to be the best leader I can be so that they in turn can go out and conquer their worlds. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to learn with and from them and to witness the deep impact they have created in my Board. They have changed the thinking and learning of many more people than I alone could do and our students are more fully prepared for our increasingly changing world as a result of these individuals. They are truly indelible leaders:
“Finally, and paradoxically, the way to sustain the work into the future is for leaders, as essential as they are in the early stages, to deliberately become dispensable over time.” (introduction xx)
Looking to lead change? Surround yourself with the resources such as Indelible Leadership: Always Leave Them Learning and amazing people who are committed to meeting the needs of learners and ask yourselves:
What will your legacy be?