Leadership is an essential part of any successful organization, school, or team. It involves setting a direction, motivating and inspiring others to achieve a shared vision, and managing the delivery of that vision. To be an effective leader, one must have a strong sense of self-efficacy and be able to engage in metacognitive thinking. This article provides a guide to self-reflection and teacher planning for those looking to improve their educational leadership skills and guide their school towards equity and excellence for all. The first step in becoming an effective leader is to understand the 10 mindsets for effective leadership.
These mindsets include impact, change and challenge, and mentalities focused on learning. It is important to recognize that leadership is not just about immediate and direct effects on individual, team, and organizational results. Leadership also involves being flexible and adapting to changing circumstances. In today's climate of rapid technological change, flatter organizational structures, and empowered employees, command-and-control leadership methods are no longer appropriate. Leadership occurs at all levels within organizations and society, not just among those working in defined leadership positions.
For example, business globalization has had a huge impact on how leadership is executed in today's organizations. Additionally, the movement towards virtual and hybrid environments has led to the emergence of self-organizing bodies with founders and leaders who have a different approach to leadership than more traditional companies. Larry Smith's 6-pillar system can help organizations improve their leadership approach. The pillars include: creating an inspiring vision; motivating and inspiring others; managing the delivery of the vision; being flexible; adapting to changing circumstances; and understanding the 10 mindsets for effective leadership. Finally, it is important to remember that leadership is not just about individual results.
It also involves creating something meaningful for the people you lead. By engaging in self-reflection and teacher planning, you can improve your educational leadership skills and guide your school towards equity and excellence for all.