A new year promises new beginnings and these things I wish for family and friends, both near and far away:
- health to enjoy your days in comfort
- love of family and friends
- beauty of nature and its changing wonders
- wisdom to choose those priorities that are meaningful to us
- happiness and fulfillment of life
- peace, joy and blessings for the new year ahead
As I contemplated this week’s blog entry, I turned to the photos in my book for inspiration and quickly knew I would discuss the qualities good leaders should have. Online research provided a wealth of important traits most leaders demonstrate. Andrew Deen, wrote a guest piece on the Center for Creative Leadership blog in which he mentions the following traits of a good leader:
- ability to delegate
- sense of humor
- positive attitude
- ability to inspire
Think of someone you consider a good leader and reflect about the characteristics they portray. During my teaching career, I have been fortunate to meet leaders both in and outside the field of education. Leaders, I am convinced, come from all walks of life. Are they born that way or were they taught to lead? Our parents were our first teachers, and many traits we learned from them were not necessarily spoken to us. Often they led by example. Actions speak louder than words as the saying goes.
Being a role model and having the ability to inspire others I have found to be important qualities in a leader. As I led a local chapter of AATG, I discovered that it can be lonely at the top. Others are quite content to allow a leader to do all the work. That’s where it is important to delegate tasks for others to do. My strengths lie in creativity, honesty, a positive attitude and being able to think outside the box. Hard work has never frightened me away from completing tasks. My commitment to my students is implicit.
The one person who comes to mind as expressing the above traits would have to be a former Superintendent in my school district, Dr. Jerome F. Melvin. He has the ability to listen, and I have yet to hear him utter an unkind word about anyone. His commitment to his staff, students and parents was nonpareil. Dr. Melvin inspired us to go above and beyond and to achieve greatness even if we sometimes had self doubts. Everything he said and did was tempered with a sense of humor. He exuded a positive attitude as he led us seemingly untouched by outside influences.
So, as we commence the new year 2015, consider those people in our lives whom we view as leaders and ask yourself how many of these characteristics they express. How are you leaders in your daily lives?