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  • 1. Dimensions of Leadership What makes a difference?
  • 2. Three important aspects to consider
      • The landscape
      • Your vision
      • You
  • 3. Scanning the landscape
      • What are the key issues facing your community? (Think of STEEP - s ocial, t echnological, e conomic, e cological, p olitical)
      • What are the challenges and opportunities for strategic change, thereby positioning schools and your school in particular as a key service?
      • What role can schools play in meeting these challenges and seizing opportunities?
  • 4. Creating your vision This exercise is the beginning of creating a personal vision. Based on what schools of the future need to be, it is about thinking about what you will be doing to create and shape that future.
  • 5. Begin by answering the following questions:
      • What kind of school community are you helping to create?
      • Who are your stakeholders? What user needs do you anticipate?
      • What services are you providing? Why? How/ Where?
      • What is the place of your school in the community? What market niche is being served?
      • What personal values drive your support of schools in the future?
      • What is the leadership role you will play in the profession? Is it local, regional, national, or international?
      • What leadership skills will you need to develop to contribute towards the vision?
  • 6. Write your vision.
  • 7. Knowing yourself 1. What are your strengths and weaknesses as a leader in your profession? 2. How do you ensure that you are getting feedback about your impact ? 3. How do you encourage self-reflection in others? Some tools: enneagrams , Myers-Briggs , leadership styles
  • 8. Enneagram types
    • 1 THE REFORMER
    • The Rational , Idealistic Type: 
    • Principled, Purposeful, Self-Controlled, and Perfectionistic
    •                    
    • 2 THE HELPER
    • The Caring , Interpersonal Type: Demonstrative, Generous, People-Pleasing, and Possessive
    •  
    • 3 THE ACHIEVER
    • The Success-Oriented , Pragmatic Type: Adaptive, Excelling, Driven, and Image-Conscious
    •          
    • 4 THE INDIVIDUALIST
    • The Sensitive , Withdrawn Type: Expressive, Dramatic, Self-Absorbed, and Temperamental
    • 5 THE INVESTIGATOR
    • The Intense , Cerebral Type: 
    • Perceptive, Innovative, Secretive, and Isolated
    •          
    • 6 THE LOYALIST
    • The Committed , Security-Oriented Type: Engaging, Responsible, Anxious, and Suspicious
    •  
    • 7 THE ENTHUSIAST
    • The Busy , Fun-Loving Type: 
    • Spontaneous, Versatile, Distractible, and Scattered
    •          
    • 8 THE CHALLENGER
    • The Powerful , Dominating Type: Self-Confident, Decisive, Willful, and Confrontational
    •  
    • 9 THE PEACEMAKER
    • The Easygoing , Self-Effacing Type: Receptive, Reassuring, Agreeable, and Complacent
  • 9.
    • Extroverted or Introverted ? 
    •  
    • Extroverted Characteristics
      • Act first, think/reflect later
      • Feel deprived when cutoff from interaction with the outside world
      • Usually open to and motivated by outside world of people and things
      • Enjoy wide variety and change in people relationships 
      •  
    • Introverted Characteristics
      • Think/reflect first, then Act
      • Regularly require an amount of "private time" to recharge batteries
      • Motivated internally, mind is sometimes so active it is "closed" to outside world
      • Prefer one-to-one communication and relationships
    •   Sensing or Intuitive ?
    •  
    • Sensing Characteristics
      • Mentally live in the Now, attending to present opportunities
      • Using common sense and creating practical solutions is automatic-instinctual
      • Memory recall is rich in detail of facts and past events
      • Best improvise from past experience
      • Like clear and concrete information; dislike guessing when facts are "fuzzy"  
    • Intuitive Characteristics
      • Mentally live in the Future, attending to future possibilities
      • Using imagination and creating/inventing new possibilities is automatic-instinctual
      • Memory recall emphasizes patterns, contexts, and connections
      • Best improvise from theoretical understanding
      • Comfortable with ambiguous, fuzzy data and with guessing its meaning.
    Myers-Briggs
  • 10.
    • Thinking or Feeling ?
    •  
    • Thinking Characteristics
      • Instinctively search for facts and logic in a decision situation.
      • Naturally notices tasks and work to be accomplished.
      • Easily able to provide an objective and critical analysis.
      • Accept conflict as a natural, normal part of relationships with people. 
      •  
    • Feeling Characteristics
      • Instinctively employ personal feelings and impact on people in decision situations
      • Naturally sensitive to people needs and reactions.
      • Naturally seek consensus and popular opinions.
      • Unsettled by conflict; have almost a toxic reaction to disharmony.
    • Judging or Perceiving ?
    •    
    • Judging Characteristics
      • Plan many of the details in advance before moving into action.
      • Focus on task-related action; complete meaningful segments before moving on.
      • Work best and avoid stress when able to keep ahead of deadlines.
      • Naturally use targets, dates and standard routines to manage life. 
      •  
    • Perceiving Characteristics
      • Comfortable moving into action without a plan; plan on-the-go.
      • Like to multitask, have variety, mix work and play.
      • Naturally tolerant of time pressure; work best close to the deadlines.
      • Instinctively avoid commitments which interfere with flexibility, freedom and variety
  • 11. Leadership Styles
      • The transformational leader
      • The enforcer
      • The deal maker
      • The administrator
      • The visionary
      • The serial entrepreneur
      • The spin doctor
    • Based on a mixture of five leadership behaviours:
      • Impose context
      • Make risks and take risks
      • Have conviction
      • Challenge and change
      • Generate critical mass
  • 12.
    • Additional resources:
      • School Leadership and Student Outcomes (BES)
      • Enneagrams
      • Myers-Briggs
      • Leadership Styles
      • Luis Herrera, Eureka! Leadership Institute