While cruising through some posts on Edutopia, I came across a thread on teachers as leaders. Which, of course, got me to thinking… what is leadership?
Leadership consultant Chuck Isen, I think, says it best:
I view leadership as more of an Art than a Science. It is the art of purpose and meaning. It’s orientation is to the future; a future that wasn’t going to happen but for your bringing it into existence as an idea or a vision. Leadership makes something possible that wouldn’t have happened in the normal course of events.
What a transforming way to think of leadership! Apply it to those that work with children (especially in out-of-school-time, where we can work more freely with leadership concepts and character building).. and I think… these ideas are those that I want my staff to inhabit. These are the ideas that I want for those that teach my own children!
Leadership is the art of purpose and meaning.
Bringing meaning and purpose into existence where it would not have existed but for your leadership… a truly noble calling.