In order for a leader to be a leader he/she must begin with the assumption that you are the one who matters most. As a leader you have to possess that level of confidence in yourself that you are capable of leading yourself “before you can lead others”. And when you develop this belief then you are better able of affirmative influence “on others”. A leader needs to “believe” in oneself and have the confidence that whatever you say will excite and what you do can motivate others. You must be optimistic about what you do, do have some relevance for being in existence. Believe it or not, “leadership begins with you”.
Consequently the five Practices of Exemplary Leadership are:
1. Model the way- “leading by example”, and demonstrate the concepts regarding the manner in which individuals should be treated and the way our aspirations should be followed.
2. Inspire a Shared Vision- leaders believe that they can make a difference in getting others excited and drafting them into their dream and the future possibilities.
3. Challenge the Process – leader seek unusual ways of enhancing the organization by taking risk and experimenting, thus embracing the unpreventable disappointments as learning opportunities.
4. Enable Others to Act – leaders actively engage individuals and make an effort to generate an ambience of trust and self-esteem.
5. Encourage the Heart – leaders appreciate the contributions that individuals make and allow them to participate in the rewards of their efforts, therefore, leaders celebrate achievements.
The two persons in my life that has been leadership role models are
Mrs. Paulette Ambursley – Principal
Mrs. Paulette Ambursley nurturing attitude and her idealized influence pale in
comparison to her creativity. She constantly encourages her staff to find original ways of doing
things. This is evident in many workshops, seminars and teaching methods that she encourages
the staff to employ. Paulette embolden the staff to find new ways of doing thing and capitalize on
new opportunities to enrich the learning environment. Her unswerving commitment to
organizational goals are displayed in her indomitable spirit. Additionally she thinks deeply about
tasks and figure out effective ways of executing them. Mrs. Ambursley’s team spirit is stimulated
through enthusiasm and optimism towards the future. She is people-oriented and believes that
success comes first and foremost through deep and sustained commitment. Mrs. Ambursley
knows that the way forward is an ongoing process and accepts that there will be failures and
blind canyons along the way, but her zeal and determination to always find a irreplaceable way
to do things always catapult the team forward.
Mrs. Rachel Pyne -Vice Principal
Mrs. Rachel Pyne -I believe she displayed most if not all the traits of a transformational leader. Working with her has been a transformation for me as well as the school which she assist in directing. It has been an uplifting experience in...