21STCENTURY LEADERSHIP PLAN21stCentury Leadership Plan: A Philosophy of Leading for Future SuccessEDUC 741-B05Dr. Ackerman(Portions of this paper were drawn from a previous work submitted in EDUC 703)
21STCENTURY LEADERSHIP PLANAbstractAt the start of each school year, teachers must decide which approach to teaching and learning they will use in the classroom. Just as their styles adjust as the needs of students fluctuates; so must an educational leader’s philosophy change according to those who will follow. The philosophy is usually developed after closely examining one’s methods and goals. A personal leadership philosophy may consist of a personal statement of guiding principles and how they plan to implement their style of practice. As educational leaders learn and grow in their craft, there may be additional components to enhance their original philosophy. My personal philosophy has only shifted from a perspective of teacher to administrator, but the general concept of my beliefs is the same today. This paper will provide a summation of my personal philosophy of education and how I came to develop this philosophy.Key Words: Accountability, educational philosophy, goals, zero tolerance, stakeholders, leadership.
21STCENTURY LEADERSHIP PLAN1IntroductionLeadership is defined as the process of persuasion or example by which an individual (or leadership team) induces a group to pursue objectives held by the leader or shared by the leader and his followers (Gardner, 2013). Exemplary leader behavior makes a profoundly positive difference in people’s commitment and motivation, their work performance, and the success of their organization (Kouzes and Posner, 2017). Today’s school leaders are expected to set the course of direction while creating a positive school culture to include the proactive school mindset, and support and enhance staff motivation, along with the commitment needed to foster improvement and promote success for schools in challenging circumstances (Day & Sammons, 2013). The relationships that leaders cultivate will influence the productivity of the staff and impact the overall success of the major benefactors, the students. Philosophy of Educational LeadershipA leader serves in many capacities and has many tasks to carryout daily. I believe that a leader must first set the climate and/or adjust the work ethic within the department they oversee (Smith, 2019). You must model, at all time, the way you want others to act, respond, and performas employees under your guidance. A great leader is able to listen without responding, and then addresses each concern or issue with compassion and objectivity (Smith, 2019). One must also be an excellent facilitator and know how to delegate responsibilities to others.
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