The modern educational leader must understand that their role is no longer to run the day to day operations of the school district or school. The role has been transformed to incorporate motivating students and teachers alike as well as creating visions and mission for the direction the leader would like to take with the organization. Leaders challenge and inspire people to go above and beyond their comfort zones. They have the ability to influence and enlist the support of others towards accomplishing specific goals.
To sustain this relationship between themselves and the people they inspire they must have integrity, loyalty, a positive attitude, strong communication and planning skills and should not be afraid to empower and serve their followers. Personal ethics must be of utmost importance to educational leaders as they are seen as role models in the community and they must conduct themselves accordingly.
Educational leaders are expected to be role models to teachers, staff and students alike and should carry themselves with respect and integrity. Leadership is not tantamount to management; it is of a higher degree and should be treated with great regard. Anyone can manage, but a good spiritual leader has the tools necessary to engage their employees who in return feel honored to be of service. These leaders have the ability to maintain the respect of those they lead because of their commitment and service to people.
Communication is also very important when dealing with parents and the community as a whole. If an educational leader is not getting their message across effective, getting people on board with the vision of the organization would be impossible. Leaders must be mindful that leadership is a blessing and should not embark on the journey with negative intentions. Individuals who are seeking self recognition and glory will not be fulfilled in a leadership role as their souls are still unfulfilled.
Integrity is the number one quality desired in potential employees, it is not exclusive to religious organizations and most secular businesses also regard it as a must have for leaders. “The fact that integrity is mutually desired by both employers and employees should come as no surprise. Leadership is ultimately based on trust. Since people choose to follow leaders they trust, their confidence must have a foundation.” (Blackby, 2001 1941-44) That foundation is honesty and credibility. Without these there would be no integrity. The decisive test of credibility is if a leader practices what they preach. Many leaders are comfortable giving directions, but are not willing to take their own advice. Leaders who are unable to or do not have the discipline to practice what they preach are not credible and will not have the trust and respect needed to inspire others to follow in their footsteps. “Integrity is not automatic. It is a character trait that leaders consciously...