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  • November 28th, 2012Presentation to Aspiring Leaders in the Ottawa Catholic School BoardFocus on Catholic Instructional Leadership
  • Question – What is your Perspective on Leadership?Important to self-reflect on what you believe leadership to be about and the role of leadershipSome of my most memorable views of leadership came from excellent leaders Examples shared
  • For this activity everyone needs to stand up
  • You can Sit Down if you can answer yes to this questionHave you ever wanted to kill your principal, supervisor, or boss?Have a look at whose sitting down, and if you work in the same school or department, remember to always keep one eye open!
  • OK – most of you are still standingYou can sit down, if maybe you haven’t considered killing your boss, but you have considered inflicting some minor pain on them, maybe just a broken arm or a broken leg, or inflicting some mental anguish on them
  • OK – we still have a few people standingPlease have a seat if you agree that your principal, or manager, would be considered in your Board to have positional power- OK, for anyone left standing, there are no prizes for the last person standing, so go ahead and have a seat!
  • Based on the answers to your previous questions, its clear that most if not all of you like your principal, supervisor, or Boss
  • Discuss clues to signal the success of their leadership styles
  • Clearly based on what I found in your rooms, your bosses have positional leadership roles, but they also have leadership skillsBut, not everyone outside of education likes their bosses and some don’t think their bosses are good leaders
  • So based on some of the examples we’ve just heard – where do you fit into the leadership picture –When it comes to leadership, what’s your role?Many of you are in the Aspiring Leader’s program because you are already seen as leaders, with or without a titleYou are already demonstrating many of the traits of good leaders, and you don’t need a title to do this.
  • Early on in my Leadership Journey, I realized that positional power and positional leadership was not the key, but relationships were the keyI learned that Respect had to be earned, and not asked to be given Example - informal mentors – story when appointed as Principal- story of Immaculata staff member who came in for a visit and to give advice
  • So if I were to write a book on leadership, I would call it:You Don’t Need a Title to be a Leader… but if you have a title, it doesn’t mean you’re a leader!I learned to bring in staff members to bounce ideas off them, and to let them know that I respected their opinion and their influence with the staff – sounding board-same with Chaplaincy Leader – who could give advice and share the pulse of the schoolBut – it’s too late, the book’s already been writtenClick to show – You Don’t need a title to be a leaderAndThe Leader who had no Title
  • There is lots of research that shows that the greatest impact on student achievement is the classroom teacher and the second greatest impact is the school leadership team or Principal
  • Don’t try and be someone elseIt is important to have others in your network or circle of influence that are not the same as you – this way you avoid groupthink and you can take into account different points of view and perspectives
  • Ask Question – What are some of your sources of support in a leadership position? Office administratorAdmin teamSpouseSuperintendentPrincipal / VPFriends from previous schoolsAspiring leaders networkCourses (P/VP/SOQP courses)- Partners for Growth (mentorship)Informal mentors – who you gonna call?Others?
  • Now, what’s different about leadership in the 21st Century is that it is about social networking, it is about being able to influence others and learn from others through technology and tools, and increasing your circle of influence
  • Leadership at its most basic and important level is about relationships
  • Local NewspapersLocal businesses meet with community membersOpen House Competition with other schools in the area Use teachers and parents as ambassadorsSocial media websites, twitter, facebook, enewslettersNeed to be where the parents are take advantage of tools like synrevoice
  • Your turn, but I’m only giving you one minute so talk fast – What are some ways that a leader portrays himself or herself by their actionsExample – I tell everyone that Catholicism is the number one priority in our school, yet I allocate no budget for religious artifacts, no budget for buses to the church, but I do allocate $10,000 for the football team for new helmets and afterschool practices.
  • Table discussion – Who do you think of when you think of a leaderShare some of the examples
  • - Discuss examples of situations where the Principal portrays the image of the school in a positive or negative wayDealing with death of a staff member Dealing with death of a student- Dealing with pulled fire alarms- Dealing with staff member who challenges you in a staff meeting-Dealing with two staff members who are in conflict
  • Its easy to lead when things are going well, but what about during a crisisExamples discussed
  • Communication is keyMulti-ChannelDecide who should do the communicatingStudents hear your voice (recorded messages) – Story Synrevoice Constant Contact – electronic newsletters – parent access- Bad news – don’t delegate- Celebrate – from peers or from you (depends on the situation – ie. Compliment with a Coke, Million Dollar Thanks)- Be prepared – letters done in advance (death of student, death of staff, bomb threat, lockdown practice, suspicious individual, etc.)
  • Communication is keyMulti-ChannelDecide who should do the communicatingStudents hear your voice (recorded messages) – Story Synrevoice Constant Contact – electronic newsletters – parent access- Bad news – don’t delegate- Celebrate – from peers or from you (depends on the situation – ie. Compliment with a Coke, Million Dollar Thanks)- Be prepared – letters done in advance (death of student, death of staff, bomb threat, lockdown practice, suspicious individual, etc.)
  • Communication is keyMulti-ChannelDecide who should do the communicatingStudents hear your voice (recorded messages) – Story Synrevoice Constant Contact – electronic newsletters – parent access- Bad news – don’t delegate- Celebrate – from peers or from you (depends on the situation – ie. Compliment with a Coke, Million Dollar Thanks)- Be prepared – letters done in advance (death of student, death of staff, bomb threat, lockdown practice, suspicious individual, etc.)
  • Be prepared to let some things goExample, is it worth battling a parent over a one day suspension that they are going to appeal(in most cases, no, better to come to another agreement, ie. Remove suspension from the file if there are no future incidents)- Sample of online magazine, CIO, that is free that provides advice on leadership
  • Communication is keyMulti-Channel – early in my career I realized the value of technology in improving communicationDecide who should do the communicatingStudents hear your voice (recorded messages) – Story Synrevoice Constant Contact – electronic newsletters – parent access- Bad news – don’t delegate- Celebrate – from peers or from you (depends on the situation – ie. Compliment with a Coke, Million Dollar Thanks)- Be prepared – letters done in advance (death of student, death of staff, bomb threat, lockdown practice, suspicious individual, etc.)Biggest difference in my role as a Principal to build relationships with studentsStood at the front door for 30 minutes at beginning of day and 15 minutes at end of the day and greeted students, “Thanks for coming… good to see you…welcome back…etc. Have a good night, see you tomorrow, I hope you had a good day…”Random student visits- tried for once per week, introduced themselves to me, asked how things were going, what they liked about the school, anything they would change ? Student voice- met with student council once per month, head boy and head girl and asked how things were going-started student of the month and athlete of the month
  • Listen to other viewpointsExplain why you made decisions, including with admin team, I understand that you don’t agree with my decision, but here is why I felt it was important to go this route… Admit when you make a mistake- It will turn people off if you come across as knowing everything
  • Typical Question is about Leadership and Balance
  • When I was appointed Principal, the challenge was how to balance your role as a Leader and your role as a ManagerManager included tasks like: timetabling, detention hall, room assignment, schedules, budget assignmentLeadership included tasks like: vision, new programs, school culture
  • 5 minute video explaining the difference between Manager and Leader
  • Today the word management is often replaced with Organizational itemsAnd the word Leadership has been replaced with Instructional practiceMy own leadership style would be to help Principals find a balance and to help them advocate when one area is going to far as compared to anotherTrue leadership would involve motivating others to improve their instructional practice because they believe in the moral imperative of helping every student achieve to the best of their ability.A manager would provide the resources on how to be a good instructional practitioner, or a good teacher, but a leader would motivate the teacher to become even better at their trade, to always try and improve.In your role as VP or Principal, you must have order and discipline if you are going to have impact on instructional practice, so you need both a focus on instructional practice and organizational needs, and also a balance of managerial functions and leadership skillsIn order to focus on instructional practice, the leader must read, attend workshops, and ask questions in his or her network
  • The other balance that comes with Leadership is Work – Life BalanceWhen I was first appointed as a Principal, A wise old man said to me “Tom, you need to realize that in this job, you will never be done, you can always do more, the To Do List, never ends” so you need to know when to shut it down, and save energy for the next day to do it all over againMy personal Philosophy has always been a pragmatic one – if it works go with it – A common Sense Approach to LeadershipI’ve also learned that Work-Life Balance should just be changed to “Balance”, it isn’t a 50-50 arrangement, it’s a matter of priorities to suit the situation and the timeA key benefit of Administration is that you don’t have to be replaced, so if you need to present for a family member, you can go, the work always remains, but you aren’t leaving behind a class of 25-30 students unsupervised, you have much more flexibility as an administrator than you have as a classroom teacher
  • As a Catholic Leader you have specific challenges to faceQ – What are some of the challenges facing a Catholic Leader?
  • Challenges of being a Catholic Leader?
  • Table discussionShare some of the examples
  • Q. What do you think the general public thinks that Catholic Schools are all about?Nuns priests conversion and evangelism strict discipline and unhappy students- these are outdated viewpoints so we need to be aware of what a Catholic Education really meansMy role as a Catholic Instructional Leader is to inform the public, and balance secular perceptions with religious beliefsMy role is to work with staff and their journey as Catholics- My role is to link to our parish or parishes and work with the priest as a Catholic educator, and not just as a Catholic parishionerMy role is bring out the Gospel Values and link our charitable work to the Catholic Graduate Expectations and Catholic Social Teachings- My role is assign budget to areas of our Faith LifeMy role is keep sharing the perspective that we are differentMy role is to draw upon my Faith during times of CrisisMy role is to recognize that I don’t have all of the answers and that I too need spiritual support
  • Discuss presentation by Cardinal Collins
  • Quotes from Cardinal Collins presentation on Catholic Leadership
  • Quotes from Cardinal Collins presentation on Catholic Leadership
  • Quotes from Cardinal Collins presentation on Catholic Leadership
  • Tell Story of principal who influenced me in my first year of teachingThe message I learned 21 years ago, was that I could make a difference in the life of one student, one student at a time- And I go to know some of these tough students, and I began to learn about their troubles and challenges, about fathers in jail, about no money for rent, about going home to an empty home, and I realized that the lives that some of my students were living were nothing like the life that I had grown up in, and I was determined to make a difference in their life- This video and song is based on that story
  • Thank you for being a leader in the Ottawa Catholic School Board and I wish you much success in your current and future roles in our School Board.
  • Transcript

    • 1. Catholic Instructional LeadershipNov. 28 / 2012
    • 2. Learning GoalsBy the end of this presentation youshould have a better understanding of: Your Personal view of Leadership Importance of Relationships Instructional vs Organizational Responsibilities Catholic Leadership in a Secular World
    • 3. What is your Perspective on Leadership?
    • 4. Activity Time!
    • 5. Sit down if…
    • 6. Sit down if…
    • 7. Positional Leadership
    • 8. Most of youLike your Principal / Supervisor / Boss
    • 9. Power of Technology
    • 10. What “artifacts” did I find in your homes? Just Kidding! Flickr: License Some rights reserved by u m a m i
    • 11. What “artifacts” did I find in your homes?
    • 12. Not everyone (outside of education) likes their bossSome don’t think their bosses are good leaders!
    • 13. These books are found under “Leadership”
    • 14. These books are found under “Leadership”
    • 15. These books are found under “Leadership”
    • 16. These books are found under “Leadership”
    • 17. These books are found under “Leadership”
    • 18. Websites
    • 19. Where do you fit in?
    • 20. You Don’t Need a Title to be a Leader …But if you have a title, it doesn’t mean you’re a leader!
    • 21. Leaders Matter!Leadership is second only to teaching among school influences on student success, and its impact is greatest in schools with the greatest needsLeithwood
    • 22. Be YourselfDifferent opinions and views are important
    • 23. But I’m just one person? “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.” Mother Teresa
    • 24. Are you in it alone as a leader?
    • 25. 21st Century is about NetworkingHowconnectedare you?
    • 26. Focus on Relationships
    • 27. You can set the Public’s Realityfor the upcoming “tribute” to several Directors!
    • 28. Give examples ofhow a leadermay portrayher/himself byher/his actionsYour Turn
    • 29. 1 Minute Timer End 1:00 1:01 1:02 1:03 1:04 1:05 1:06 1:07 1:08 1:09 1:10 1:12 1:13 1:14 1:15 1:16 1:17 1:18 1:19 1:20 1:21 1:22 1:23 1:24 1:25 1:26 1:27 1:28 1:29 1:30 1:31 1:32 1:33 1:34 1:35 1:36 1:37 1:38 1:39 1:40 1:41 1:42 1:43 1:44 1:45 1:46 1:47 1:48 1:49 1:50 1:51 1:52 1:53 1:54 1:55 1:56 1:57 1:58 1:59 2:00 0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04 0:05 0:06 0:07 0:08 0:09 0:10 0:12 0:13 0:14 0:15 0:16 0:17 0:18 0:19 0:20 0:21 0:22 0:23 0:24 0:25 0:26 0:27 0:28 0:29 0:30 0:31 0:32 0:33 0:34 0:35 0:36 0:37 0:38 0:39 0:40 0:41 0:42 0:43 0:44 0:45 0:46 0:47 0:48 0:49 0:50 0:51 0:52 0:53 0:54 0:55 0:56 0:57 0:58 0:59 1:11 0:11
    • 30. What Image do youportray for your school? • The Public Face • Hire / Evaluate Staff • Create the Vision • Allocate budget • Set the tone • Create culture • Determine discipline • Settle disputes • Make decisions • Set priorities • Determine celebrations
    • 31. Crisis?
    • 32. Leadership Advice Be Positive – Use Facts Don’t Build False Hope 1 Engage Through Values 2 Be AccessibleOpen Door – shows assurance 3
    • 33. Leadership Advice Always have their back Stand up for your staff 4 Speak with knowledgeWrong facts hurt credibility 5 Encourage Feedback Acquire info from staff 6
    • 34. Leadership AdvicePresent bad news on their turf; eMail is not the solution 7 Hire for resiliency and integrity 8 Empower decision making; allow ownership by staff 9
    • 35. Leadership AdviceAlways ask if its worth it 10 Click here to Subscribe (free) Print or Digital
    • 36. Communication is Key! Staff – Parents – Students - Colleagues
    • 37. Listen to OthersBe Professional – Admit mistakes
    • 38. Leadership and Balance
    • 39. ManagementBALANCE
    • 40. Do I want to Manage or Lead?
    • 41. OrganizationBALANCE
    • 42. Work Life Balance
    • 43. Catholic Leader
    • 44. What are someof the challengesbeing a CatholicLeader?Your Turn
    • 45. 1 Minute Timer End 1:00 1:01 1:02 1:03 1:04 1:05 1:06 1:07 1:08 1:09 1:10 1:12 1:13 1:14 1:15 1:16 1:17 1:18 1:19 1:20 1:21 1:22 1:23 1:24 1:25 1:26 1:27 1:28 1:29 1:30 1:31 1:32 1:33 1:34 1:35 1:36 1:37 1:38 1:39 1:40 1:41 1:42 1:43 1:44 1:45 1:46 1:47 1:48 1:49 1:50 1:51 1:52 1:53 1:54 1:55 1:56 1:57 1:58 1:59 2:00 0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04 0:05 0:06 0:07 0:08 0:09 0:10 0:12 0:13 0:14 0:15 0:16 0:17 0:18 0:19 0:20 0:21 0:22 0:23 0:24 0:25 0:26 0:27 0:28 0:29 0:30 0:31 0:32 0:33 0:34 0:35 0:36 0:37 0:38 0:39 0:40 0:41 0:42 0:43 0:44 0:45 0:46 0:47 0:48 0:49 0:50 0:51 0:52 0:53 0:54 0:55 0:56 0:57 0:58 0:59 1:11 0:11
    • 46. Catholic SchoolsChanging Perceptionsfor the upcoming “tribute” to several Directors!
    • 47. Cardinal CollinsFoundations of Catholic Leadership:4 Cardinal Virtues Theological Virtues Prudence Faith Justice Hope Temperance Courage Love
    • 48. Cardinal Collins “Making good decisions is at the heart of good leadership”“ Humility is a condition of leadership, you have stumbled and have made mistakes, but you have the humility to recognize your mistakes” “Need the courage of your convictions to stand up for what is right”
    • 49. Cardinal Collins“Moral courage, gives freedom to those who were silent – stand up for your Faith”“Have a spirit of joy despite the challenges – need a deep inner joy to life” “Justice means community – the leader serves the common good” “Followers need to see the leader acting just, and committed to the vision that guides the community”
    • 50. Cardinal Collins “Catholic leaders should be shaped by Faith, Hope, and Love” “If you have power, you need to create conditions sothose without power can speak freely without fear of the positional power”“Learn how to reach people’s hearts – without the cross there is no King” “The ability to see “rightly” comes from our Faith and Catholic social teachings”
    • 51. Click here for YouTube Video
    • 52. Thank Youfor being a leader inthe Ottawa CatholicSchool BoardQuestions?@TDOttawa

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