I’ve spent the last several weeks thinking about the importance of leadership. Specifically, I’ve thought about the qualities that make a great leader. I’ve been in the field of education for over twenty years now: as a teacher, a literacy coach, a PhD student, and a professor. And, in those roles I’ve been led by a number of principals, vice-principals, professors, department chairs, and deans. When I think about the leaders who were most effective, they had these qualities:
I have been thinking about leadership recently because I think we’re desperate for great leaders—in our schools and in our country. We can begin by being great leaders within our own classrooms.
About the Author
Brian Kissel is an Associate Professor of education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His focus is writing instruction. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Hattie and three kiddos: Charlie, Ben, and Harriet.