EXPLORING YOUR STRENGTHS
AS A NEW ACADEMY LEADER
NATIONAL CAREER ACADEMY COALITION
(over 40 years experience in education, career academies,
business collaboration, CTE and management)
THE FACT THAT THE CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP CAN CLEARLY SEE THE
PORT IS OF NO USE IF THE CREW CONTINUES TO PADDLE IN
DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS. –Author anonymous
Your role is to be the interpreter and the motivator
between the captain and the crew. Your principal is the
captain. While that individual is the key leader,
collaborative leadership has to happen. You provide the
leadership for your career academy. How your team gels
as a cohesive, nurturing, professional community depends
very much on your skills and abilities.
LET’S LOOK AT LEADERSHIP
Think about a time in your life when you had a
leadership success—when something happened that
never would have occurred without your leadership. It
can be in high school or college, at work or on an
athletic team, in a community or church or
Think about what made the leadership successful.
Why were you proud of yourself as a leader?
What are the characteristics of effective leadership?
The definitions of “leadership” generally state that
leaders are people who motivate one or more other
people to do a specific thing. This involves teaching
those other people to see the desirability of reaching
that specific goal and helping them get there. It may
involve helping them change a mindset.
Set one leadership goal for yourself for first semester
Identify an ally. Commit to communicating with your
ally by September 15 to discuss how your leadership goal