I work from a belief that as a leader it is my job to support my team. Through meeting the needs of my staff, I hope to foster connections and build trust. I give my team the tools they need to be successful in their jobs and let them do their job. This is a matter of simple respect, and it is reciprocal. Through the idea of servant leadership, the use of power and authority is not needed, as the staff understands that I am there for their needs. My team knows that I am working in their best interests. If there is a problem, a transgression is made, or needs are not being met I believe that my staff will know I am humble enough to seek out solutions and resolutions (Green, 2013, p.73).
I do not possess the most skills in my work environment. I am not the best person to do every job. In fact, I firmly believe that my staff and I all have enough diverse skills and abilities that when all members contribute, then the work environment becomes better. This process is the best way to meet the needs of the ever change demands of current education. By practicing distributive leadership, I treat my team like the college educated professionals that they are. As Green (2013) stated, “school leaders are being asked to become facilitators, exhibiting behaviors that enhance the collective ability of a school faculty to adapt, solve problems, and improve student performance” (Green, 2013, p. 103). My school becomes a better place when all members of the staff can be part of the process of successful change.
“Leaders who do not acquire an understanding of self and how their behaviors affect others are subject to continuous errors” (Green, 2013, p. 111). We all have the challenge of trying to see our self as others see us. An out of balance ego can distort the mirror of truth. It is my goal to foster open and honest communication so that I can better understand what others envision my leadership as. I would like to believe I would be a democratic leader, but maybe my staff views me as more laissez-faire. My focusing on using disruptive and servant leadership styles I hope to foster open communication, in both directions, with my staff.
Green, L. (2013). Practicing the Art of Leadership: A Problem-Based Approach to Implementing the ISLLC Standards. 4th Edition. Pearson Education (Allyn & Bacon)