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When leading, supervising, or managing others, the goal is to move the organization ahead by achieving a common goal. The person in the leadership role cannot do all the work personally – it is impossible. She must rely on others within the organization, her team, to achieve that common goal and help the organization succeed.
Being in a leadership role requires a person to develop leadership skills to inspire and effectively guide and direct others.
· Strategic thinking and acting
· Being accountable
· Setting goals
· Having a vision for the future
· Managing complexity
· Creating and maintaining relationships
· Learning from others
· Team building
· Fostering creativity
Organizations have people involved – people who have different backgrounds, perceptions, ideas, goals, and values in life. To be an effective leader, a person must learn and develop active listening. In other words, develop stronger people skills, to lead change, and bring the vision of the organization to reality.
Effective and high-quality leadership is crucial for the advancement of any organization. Many people in leadership have worked hard, accomplished tasks, and successfully finished projects in their course of work, helping them earn a promotion in leadership, supervision, or management. They have not necessarily gotten to this next level by having strong people skills. There is often struggle and challenge for those in leadership positions who do not naturally have the people skills and active listening skills necessary to become effective at inspiring others to do their jobs effectively.
The good news is emotional intelligence can be learned and developed. People skills and active listening can also be learned and developed! Some people are naturally gifted at talking to others, learning about them, remembering their names, recalling their personal stories, while others must relentlessly work on developing these skills.
What if there were specific, actionable tasks that could be implemented on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly basis to develop active listening skills? In other words, can there be a systematic, organized, efficient approach to developing active listening and people skills?
The answer is yes, there can be!
A teacher would tell you it is the best feeling in the world when a student learns a concept and feels that sense of accomplishment. The student’s accomplishment becomes the teacher’s accomplishment. Seeing how the students make progress, especially year after year as they move up ahead and make positive leaps and bounds in their lives is truly magnificent.
New teachers already know or suspect this. That is why they go into teaching in the first place.
There are so many great reasons to consider teaching as a career. Working with young people is rewarding and gratifying. However, it is important for a person who has just graduated from college and is thinking about choosing it as a profession to know that it is not easy.
As administrators we must consider the difficulties associated with teaching and what we can do to support them.
Retirements and New Recruits
According to USA Today, there is a 20% increase in retirements reported by teachers now compared to 2019. Majority of teachers retiring are doing so due to Covid19 safety concerns. With thousands of teachers putting in their retirement paperwork between now and end of the school year, as administrators, we need to be ready to help new recruits with what they might with coming into the profession.
Why Teaching is Difficult
There are certain things teachers are not necessarily taught in their credentialing programs going into the profession. Some are serving as interns and are in their first or second course in the credentialing program! They need to be supported more strongly in the beginning of their journey in order to succeed in the future and not quit.
Here are some factors that college students have not considered about the teaching profession and how we, as administrators, can help support them in their journey.
1) Teaching requires some showmanship
2) Teaching is 50% delivering of content effectively and 50% social-emotional support.
3) Students can be disrespectful and disruptive in the classroom despite the teacher’s best efforts.
4) Teaching requires grading – especially depending on what you teach.
5) A teacher must be open to learning and improving no matter how many years he or she has been in the classroom.
6) Teaching is not one of the highest-paying profession out there. In
7) There is lots of administrative work that must be done that teachers do not often realize until they get into the profession.
8) Because teachers are role-models, whether they know it or not, there is some added pressure involved, much like a celebrity.
Have you ever heard the phrase “live with purpose” and not quite understood what it meant to you as an individual?
Do you want to live with purpose but not sure what that means?
Do you feel like you have many purposes in life and do not know how to organize or prioritize what you want to do?
Are you feeling like something is missing in your life or that you are not getting the fulfillment that you need?
If these questions intrigue you, keep reading!
What Does Living with Purpose Mean?
“Live with Purpose” is a slogan used by colleges, universities, life coaches, educators, clergy members, and the elderly who have life experiences. If you have ever wondered what it truly means, you are not alone. Here is what living with purpose means:
· Being clear about own’s values and beliefs
· Making decisions in life-based on values and beliefs
· Truly knowing what is important to oneself and not wavering
· Having clear desires for living or goals in life that reflect own’s values and beliefs
· Having a clear path or plan in life to reflect one’s true inner-self
“Living with purpose” is used interchangeably with “living a meaningful life.”
Why Is It Important to Live with Purpose?
To live with purpose, you must consider the following questions:
· Are you clear about our values? In other words, what are some things that you consider to be very important and some things that are not very important in life?
· Are you generally happy and content in your life? Does it feel like something is missing?
· Are you excited to get your day going when you wake up in the morning, or does it take a lot of effort to mentally convince yourself to get up and get going?
· Are you feeling stuck in life and somewhat hopeless?
If we answer yes to any of these questions, it’s time to think about ways to live with more purpose. If you are waking up, doing what you love, doing what is important to you as a human being, you are most likely living with purpose. People who live purposefully are generally:
· Less stressed
· Nicer to others
· Easy and pleasant to be around
People who do not live purposefully have the opposite characteristics and attitudes.
Coalition on Adult Basic Education's Journal Publication
Published in EdCal Newspaper April 26, 2021
A systematic approach to use to guide and support new teachers
Published on Goalsettingmama.com in December 2021.
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