My Leadership Journey and Reflections by Kelly Herring-Griffin. INTRODUCTION. “Leaders are effective because of who they are on the inside – in the qualities that make them up as people. And to go to the highest level of leadership, people have to develop these traits from the inside out.”
“Leaders are effective because of who they are on the inside – in the qualities that make them up as people. And to go to the highest level of leadership, people have to develop these traits from the inside out.”
- John C. Maxwell
“Competence goes beyond words. It’s the leader’s ability to say it, plan it, and do it in such a way that others know that know how-and know that they want to follow you.”
-John C. Maxwell
“The measure of success is to whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.”
- John Foster Dulles, Former Secretary of State
Out of all the GLISI roles, this is one of my strengths. Being trained in a standard based state, I have had the opportunity to use data to group students and ultimately increase student achievement. However, training teachers to share this vision is what I am currently working towards. Teachers who are unfamiliar with effectively using data can be resistant to understanding the wealth of information it provides.
“Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.”
- Bernard Montgomery, British Field Marshal
Not unlike teaching educators the value of data, I have to get the buy-in of teachers to accept the worth of standards based instruction. I am in the process of using leadership strategies to help teachers be receptive as well as consistent with these standard based elements.
“I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.”
- Charles Schwab, Industrialist
This was a paradigm shift for me because my goal was to impact the school, not one classroom or grade level. I am currently working on consistency with the message I am communicating.
“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities…because it is the quality which guarantees all others.”
-Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister
This role stresses the relationships between the leader and different stakeholders. Even if I disagree with an individual such as a bus driver, I have to learn to agree to disagree but still be able to resolve a conflict.
“Smart leaders believe only half of what they hear. Discerning leaders know which half to believe.”
- John C. Maxwell
One of my strengths is to communicate. I am currently working on getting several individuals from a variety of backgrounds to work towards the same objectives.
“What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.”
- Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
One weakness I have is trying to do too much, too quickly. I tend to see an area that I think I can “fix” and steamroll right ahead. I am currently working on focusing on one target area in order to be the most effective.
“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”
- Calvin Coolidge, American President
As I mentioned in one of the previous slides, I tend to tackle many pursuits. I need to work on time management to give this the time it requires. I also need to learn to delegate responsibilities instead of shouldering everything.
“Anyone can dabble, but once you’ve made that commitment, your blood has that particular thing in it, and it’s very hard for people to stop you.”
- Bill Cosby, Comedian
I am learning how to create teams that work together. Trusting others with a vision is important in being an effective leader and I need to improve on that. Working as a team builds professional learning communities.
“The true leader serve. Serves people. Serves their best interests, and in so doing will not always be popular, may not always impress. But because true leaders are motivated by loving concern rather than a desire for personal glory, they are willing to pay the price.”
- Eugene B. Habecker, author