The beginning of this school year has me working with three new principals to our district. As I think about what I would tell them about the principalship, or any other leadership position for that matter, I find that the principles of a 12-step program have many parallels.
Regardless of the position you are in you are a leader in some capacity. It might be your office, your classroom, or your home. What kind of leader are you? Are you the take charge kind where those you work with look to you not only for guidance but for action as well? Or are you a different leader, one that supports and inspires others around you so that you are functioning within a shared leadership model?
Personally I think that the mark of a true leader is to create more leaders. I do not want to be in charge of everything. So often when that happens I feel as if my job is a “Whack a Mole” game played out in real life. How effective can I be when I am in charge of EVERYTHING?
To exist in a shared model of leadership you must first get rid of your ego. There is no room for a big ego in a shared model of leadership environment. For some a 12 step model of change is required. What are those 12 steps?...