Qualities of a Strong Leader
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.
You've listed quite a few traits of exemplary leaders. I, too, spend a great deal of time thinking about what makes great leaders and how we can foster inspiring leadership in trying educational times. One that is important to me, for personal reasons, is transparency. I see so much done, decisions made, behind the backs of staff and stakeholders, a top down approach if you will. We need leaders who will be inclusive of others who have much riding on the decisions that are made.
3/15/2017 10:27:09 pm
Great list. I especially agree with trustworthy and positive!
3/16/2017 06:10:07 pm
I also ponder leadership a lot. I love the list you've come up with so much that I had to tweet it out! Thank you!
3/18/2017 12:05:14 pm
This is a really great list! It's full of reflection and examples of leaders you have had in the past. Thanks for sharing!! :)
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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.