This is a special day in my all so scattered blog-life. When I first started this blog I was frustrated with the leadership at my school. Ever since then I have worked toward a position where I would be the leader myself – in order to get it done my way. I have been quite successful as I now hold a position as a principal. I am very happy about that and very engaged as I am a firm believer that high achieving schools come from excellent performing teachers where the teacher enjoys a skilled and engaged school leader!
I hope I don’t sound arrogant and “all-knowing”, because my intention is not to tell others how to do it, rather, I’d like to be myself in a realm of other leaders where I will learn and contribute. I want school teachers and administrators to “come out and play” so that we together contribute to a better future. We have a great opportunity to make it right from the beginning by showing our students that we believe in them, that they should believe in themselves and that there are many wonderful experiences to discover in life. You don’t need drugs, if you’re happy inside and you don’t involve in violence and crime – if you know that education matters and that you can make a difference for yourself and others. But of course, these matters are all related to the rest of society. School cannot change a student’s family situation, but it can engage in community work and co-operate with others.
What I find so fascinating about leadership within schools is that we are all leaders. The teachers are leaders and should be approached as such. That means that I as a leader must have a keen ear to what they are saying about their leadership and evaluate how I can contribute to their profession with my genuine interest in their very important job. It’s tough to be a teacher today and the teacher needs support in order to keep the necessary focus and spirit up. The teacher also need cooperating colleagues – and how do we create a positive atmosphere of co-operation and trust within the organization?
Tonight I read an interesting posting at one of the groups I just joined at my social network. The question was how we make enterprises learning organizations. Oh, if I only knew?! This is something that I have spent years pondering upon as I love these moments when we share and learn from each other! It is in the learning process we often feel very creative and happy which in turns add to results.
I want to share my joy in a learning experience and bring the teachers to see what I see, that we have a wonderful job with all our students!