We specialize in 30 areas of expertise, across 60 Executive Search Recruiting Firm Locations worldwide. Interpersonal learning , personalized learning, second life learning , 3d learning, collaborative learning and virtual learning , these are just some of the few buzz words you would be be reading so often in todaya€™s educational literature. Middle school principal Mike McCarthy shares 30 years of wisdom on how to run a school well. The youth of the participants in our annual seminar for aspiring principals caught me by surprise.
Sir Ken Robinson concludes the morning sessions of a€?Teaching and Learning at Home and at Schoola€? by inviting educators and parents to collaborate in the design of a covenant of shared principles to transform our schools. School leadership is the process of enlisting and guiding the talents and energies of teachers, pupils, and parents toward achieving common educational aims.
This was written by George Couros who is Division principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning for Parkland School Division in Alberta, Canada.
The trait theory of leadership is an early assumption that leaders are born and due to this belief, those that possess the correct qualities and traits are better suited to leadership. Trait theory of leadership is one of the first academic theories of leadership and attempts to answer why some people are good leaders and others are not. In fact the theory can be traced back to the nineteenth century, whereby a man called Thomas Carlyle used such understanding to identify the talents, skills and characteristics of men who rose to power. Proponents to this theory, which is now considered largely out of date, believe that leadership development consists of identifying and measuring leadership qualities, screening potential leaders from non-leaders, and then training those with potential. In fact, modern thinking suggests that the above traits are little more than characteristics, which although some people can possess them naturally, can be learned, and built into one’s behaviours and thinking, thus affecting their leadership potential.
In tandem with modern day thinking, leadership is seen as a skill to be mastered and therefore, the above characteristics can all be honed.
Step 1: Identify the typical traits of good leadership above, and start identifying where you believe your strengths and weaknesses are. Step 3: Share this survey with five other people in your team and whom know you as a leader, and get them to complete the assessment on how they perceive you as a leader. Step 4: Submit all these findings and analyse where the gaps between how you see yourself and how others do too.
Authoritarian leadership is a leadership style in which the leader dictates and controls all decisions in the group and task. Nowadays, it is is seen as a style that can help in certain situations, but only as part of a large suite of tools at the disposal of the Flexible leader After all, you cannot force people to change and often, the leader’s role is to challenge the status quo; lead effective change in working practices and team behaviours and therefore lead people along the journey to the completion of successful goals. Autocratic leaders typically make choices based on their own ideas and judgements and rarely accept advice from followers. For the long term, adopting nothing but an autocratic leadership style can be more damaging than rewarding, as it is seen as a cold, dictatorial, ‘I’m right’ management style, which can undermine people and stifle creativity. Also too, as in the situational Leadership model, adopting a more autocratic style is applicable for not only actions that need to be completed quickly, but also if a team member’s skill for the task is very low or novice. People that normally opt for this style regularly, can be seen as bossy, cold, and a dictator.
Long term use of its use can also build to resentment and a feeling of festering, whereby those team members are never given a chance to grow, proceeding to the feeling of being undervalued and distrusted. Authoritarian leadership has its place in management styles, however, the days of this one style working are long gone. As in the Situational Leadership Model , use this style when skills are in short supply and people need to be guided through a task or tasks with clarity and structure.
Bruce Avolio was a colleague of the late Bernard Bass and supported him in the development of the Transformational Leadership model – now accepted as one of the most robust and effective frameworks for assessing effective leadership. Coaching the Board to SuccessStrategic Leadership Associates Doug Mackie and Warren Kennaugh set out thoughts for managing the board through various transitions and challenges. Included are some questions that are intended to reinforce the major points of each section. Every neighborhood has a leader, though it is not clear why a particular person is singled out as the leader.
There is another form of leadership, one where the leader becomes a figurehead for a group. 1) Leadership is not only God’s gift to the church, but also a character trait that manifests itself in our personality.
2) Do you believe that leadership is lying dormant in your character waiting for the opportunity of expression? 3) Can you identify in you personality and in what you do or desire to do the emergence of leadership? In the previous section, we discussed the idea that what we do as leaders is not leadership, but rather leadership is a manifestation of our character and who we are as leaders. For example, someone who initially has a teaching gift typically has little tolerance for people who do not respond to Biblical truth. And as we know, Joshua led Israel into the Promised Land and through many successful military campaigns. It is God’s intent that all the gifts work together for the purpose of building the body of Christ.
Regardless of gender, the Christian leader is chosen and empowered by God as a result of God’s sovereign will. Because many people think of leadership in terms action rather than a gift of character, they struggle with their call to leadership. I say this because you can be certain that your call will be challenged many times and you need to have the conviction and assurance of knowing, without a doubt, that your calling has nothing to do with you and everything to do with God’s will. In the last sections, we discussed how leadership is confirmed and emerges in various character traits. Because of their influential roles, worship leaders must maintain excellent lives, which is integral to their personal worship expression.
In other words, the congregation’s worship, including the worship of the individuals within the congregation, will take on the personality and spirituality of the worship leader and their style. For reasons I cannot explain, it seems a common practice to ignore these basic leadership requirements on worship leaders and their teams. In this section we will discuss a leader’s biblical qualifications based primarily from 1st Timothy and Titus. Effective spiritual leadership is byproduct of the essential spiritual maturity of the leader. In the fundamental process of spiritual and personal maturity, the leader develops a sense of their purpose. The biblical and spiritual requirements for a leader’s character, their relationship with his or her family and their relationship with his or her community are seen in Tables 2 through 4 respectively and are taken primarily from 1st Timothy and Titus.
Table 3, below, shows how these passages form a basis for the personal qualifications of a leader. Paul wisely adds that leaders should be also evaluated on the basis of their relationships with their families. The problem is that wholly qualified leadership is difficult to come by yet the church continues to grow in need of leaders from nursery workers to church boards members to pastors. 2) After reviewing Tables 3 through 5, have you learned anyway that you might be short-circuiting your own leadership? 3) How is God leading you within your ministry context in a way that separates you from the rest of the group?
In the previous three sections, we discussed the idea that leadership is a manifestation of our character and who we are as leaders.
Many spiritual leaders know they are called but have nebulous ideological and philosophical understandings of their specific calling.
Robert Clinton, in his book The Making of a Leader, focuses on the leader’s previous experiences as indicators of their future ministries and influences.
During these three phases, God strengthens the leader’s character by testing their integrity, obedience and their authority. This suspension would then go in the employeea€™s official file and follow her throughout her career. With a circulation of 160,000, EL is acknowledged throughout the world as an authoritative source of information about teaching and learning, new ideas and practices relevant to practicing educators, and the latest trends and issues affecting prekindergarten through higher education. I write this to share not my accomplishments but my strategy of the last 20 months leading my school, the success of which remains to be seen and is for others to evaluate. Edcamps are designed to provide participant-driven professional development for K-12 educators.[1] Edcamps are modeled after BarCamps, free participant-driven conferences with a primary focus on technology and computers. Most had been college students when the World Trade Center was attacked in 2001, and few understood schooling outside the aegis of No Child Left Behind. First, Robinson identifies an agenda of issues on which we need to focus as we move forward: vexing economic, cultural, and personal challenges with which our education system has not caught up.
This term is often used synonymously with educational leadership in the United States and has supplanted educational management in the United Kingdom. The event attracted the attention of educators from around the world--not only for the excellent content and collaborative spirit, but also for the unconference model itself -- one that costs next to nothing to produce by facilitating ad-hoc community participation. The different taxonomical levels can be viewed individually via the navigation bar or below this introduction as embedded pages.
The group's board of directors recently released a position statement advocating greater access to and acceptance of technologies like smart phones and social networking sites in educational institutions. The resulting lists of traits are then compared to those of potential leaders to assess their likelihood of success or failure. Often referred to as Autocratic leadership, authoritarian leadership is about control, organisation and discipline and while it still has a place in the leader’s toolbox, it was regarded as the most prominent style almost one hundred years ago.

The art of leadership is to be flexible, whereby the leader selects and uses the correct style to suit the situation. Most appropriately, if tasks have to be completed with great urgency and are time critical, setting clear tasks and expectations whilst making the decisions seems a logical step, as often there is no time for discussion. In which case, giving clear direction and making the right decisions allows the person to focus on learning or applying their skills.
Let’s just say, if it’s the only style you use, the chances are you won’t be voted as the next best leader sometime soon! Since the introduction of situational leadership and transformational leadership theories, it is widely regarded that this style is only one of many in your tool box of styles. For the long term, an autocratic style can be more damaging than good, but sometimes you have to get things done. Find ways to teach, coach and mentor them, so you can do more delegating and less directing.
In this brief article, Bruce speaks of the evolution of further work around the notion of authentic leadership. Many articles on the subject address musical, spiritual and technical issues involved in worship. I suggest that you spend some dedicated time before the Lord in prayer, mediation and soul searching to answer these questions as thoroughly and accurately as possible. However, to be effective, the gift of leadership must be exercised and developed within the character of the leader.
In the pervious section, I asked you to examine yourself for the internal characteristics you believe will manifest leadership. For them, if God says it, then people should conform their lives immediately to God’s word. Leadership is a God given appointment accompanied by a specific anointing and authority to carry out God’s plan, not only in the leader but in the followers as well.
And you shall put some of your authority on him, in order that all the congregation of the sons of Israel may obey him. This act of commissioning allows the minister to be recognized by the congregation as a leader. It is important for the emerging leader to stay closely connected to their church’s leadership in a relationship that will provide spiritual guidance, as well as spiritual accountability.
For example, Gregg Laurie and Billy Graham are evangelists that preach Biblical lessons to demonstrate people’s need for salvation.
Because there remains a gender bias that was introduced in the Church after its formation, many women have not assumed their leadership callings.
God does not choose people because of their experience, aptitude, unique skills, social position or politics like man does. Sometimes we have confirming revelation or are led to become leaders through our time spent with the Lord.
We emphasized the giftedness of the leader will often reflect more than one gift which we called a gift cluster.
But on the other hand, the one who is called needs to be spiritually mature and discerning to fulfill God’s call and to keep from disqualifying themselves. Many people underestimate the influence worship leaders have on the spiritually of the congregation. The songs and style that a worship leader chooses significantly guides and forms the congregation’s expression of worship.
The extent to which the worship leader calls on the power of God will be the extent that the congregation avails itself, or commits to, God’s power opportunities for the Body to minister to itself arise. The intimacy of the worship will likely stimulate the intimacy of the congregation’s relationship with God and each other. Therefore, it is paramount that worship leaders carefully maintain their moral and ethical responsibilities within their position in the church, community, and to God. Specifically we will be investigating the personal, family and church qualification and obligations for the spiritual leader. Therefore, no individual or team will be perfect and the leader must employ several techniques that allow growth past the leader’s immaturities. There is a very great tendency to be overly critical of yourself and to simply give up because there seems to be too much to get straightened out.
Allow God to search you through and through and reveal anything that would disqualify you for the ministry. If so, what do you need to do, to change your life to conform to a leader’s Godly life patterns. In other words, how are you being “differentiated” from your group in a way that allows you to lead your group? Because of this, emerging leaders have difficulty discerning what is needed to mature their gift effectively and how they will fulfill their ministry goals and their destiny. Sovereign foundations where God providentially works through family, environment, and historical events beginning at birth to create the leader’s personality and characteristics.
On one hand, being self-differentiated from a group conflicts with the groups fundamental nature to desire togetherness.
The teacher-controlled learning where pre-constructed information is presented in a formal and standardized classroom settings becomes very obsolete.
Soon I will be presenting, along with two Head of School colleagues and Ken Kay, founder and longtime President of the Partnership for 21st century skills and now of EdLeader21, on the topic of 21st Century Learning at NAIS Schools: Leading and Networking for Progress. Credit: Michael Warren During my senior year of college, I taught math to 26 inmates, none of whom had finished high school.
Educational technology is a common topic area for edcamps, as are pedagogy, practical examples in instructional use of modern tools, and solving the problems technology can introduce into the classroom environment. Then, Robinson asserts that our current system is incapable of dealing properly with these challenges, owing to a a€?command and control mentalitya€™ among political leaders, and invites stakeholders at the grassroots level a€” in our classrooms, and in our homes a€” to create an agenda not just for reform, but for transformation. Several universities in the United States offer graduate degrees in educational leadership.[1] History[edit] The term school leadership came into currency in the late 20th century for several reasons. Since then, groups of educators around the world have begun to organize local edcamps in their areas. This is an update to Bloom's Revised Taxonomy which attempts to account for the new behaviours and actions emerging as technology advances and becomes more ubiquitous. Once found, the theory is that these natural leaders can then be nurtured to become great leaders.
Each leadership method has its strengths and weaknesses and must be used when the situation calls upon it. In preparation for classes and seminars that I have taught, I’ve come to realize that these articles address only half the equation. If you don’t have a good answer, continue in an attitude of prayerful waiting until you have your answer. In business, a good leader is one who maximizes profit and shareholder value without depleting company resources.
In this section, we will attempt to define, and certainly will emphasize, Christian leadership based on personal character and characteristics rather than activity. Isn’t it consistent with God’s creative nature, who created the universe from nothing and is creating our lives anew in Christ from the death of our old nature, that leaders would be created from people who have absolutely no natural leadership gifting?
We will discuss the gifting and development of church leadership and how group dynamics affect leadership expression and style in the next section. However, in today’s relativistic society, a stanch and academic approach may not be received well, if at all. Joshua’s appointment to lead Israel shows us many leadership qualities and is worth considering. Moreover, he shalt stand before Eleazar the priest, who shalt inquire for him by the judgment of the Urim before the Lord. This should apply to their personal life as well, including their family relationships, the way they are managing their time, and how they are planning for the future. Worship is a consistent outcome of completing God’s work in and through an individual or group. In any given situation, one or more of these gifts could be harnessed through a person or a group.
While there are many ways of looking at spiritual gifts, thinking of them in terms of gift clusters can be useful.
As a result, leaders neither understand nor utilize the full authority given to them by God and the people they are leading.
When you are given opportunity to lead, that opportunity itself could be conforming God’s call. And finally, we used an instrument designed to highlight those gifts we currently use (This was the Excel Gift Assessment Survey file). A leader’s good reputation will reflect positively on the church he or she attends and will also give them and the church ministry access to the community.
Write any issues down and start in the repentance process including becoming accountable to someone. We also discussed how leadership can be identified as it emerges in various character traits or gift clusters. On the other hand, the leader, in order to lead, cannot remain simply a member of the group. The urgent questions we should , as educators , ask ourselves are : what are the driving factors behind this huge transformation in learning ?
As part of this session, each of us will speak of our vision of leadership for progress; in preparation, this preview.

Some of the aspiring principals I met in that seminar have found jobs; this September, they will step into the shoes of retiring baby boomer principals. Our school, a newly amalgamated K - 12 facility in a rural community, has an evening conference time and a morning conference when parents and their children can come to the school for the SLC. Demands were made on schools for higher levels of pupil achievement, and schools were expected to improve and reform. It is my prayer that understanding God’s call to leadership will help you become more effective as a worship leader.
In the home, a good leader is one who focuses on the well-being of the family; profitability is not a concern. The premise is that leadership is borne from the leader’s character and characteristics, rather than their activities. No matter what the circumstances, even when the group was in trouble and was confronted by a respected authority figure (such as a parent or law officer), the kids looked to Gary to validate and approve what the authority figure said.
The benefit is that you learn what your leadership strengths are and what gifts you are likely to be most comfortable with as you develop as a leader.
Therefore, the teacher must also incorporate measure of compassion with tolerance for differing world-views to be more effective in sharing God’s truth. Though it is not in the scope of this lesson to discuss commissioning forms, it is important that the emerging leader knows that point in time when their church’s leadership recognizes their gift of leadership. It would be best that an accountability or spiritual formation relationship be with someone outside their leadership sphere of influence to maintain objectivity.
The point being, that these leadership ministries are essential for building the body of Christ, whether they are expressed through a group or an individual. Consequently, they find themselves in a cycle of ineffective leadership and unable to attain God’s call and vision in their lives and for their group. John Wimber once said a worship leader is a person that, when they lead worship songs, people worship. In this section, we will discuss the high personal, family and social expectations for leaders.
3 and Titus 1 discuss the characteristics (or the signs of spiritual maturity and grace) for church leadership.
This only adds to their problems because Satan always attacks those that visibly serve the Lord the hardest.
Therefore, we must pick team members that are developing a Christian maturity that is honorable in the sight of God and their family and community. As seen in the examples of Gary and Zach, leadership is a manifestation of personal quality of the leader and in particular, spiritual leadership is a manifestation of a leader’s deepest spirituality. Leaders frequently experience a feeling of personal distance and isolation from the group they lead. Limit your accountability discussions to two or three issues that are most scandalous to your leadership authority. In the last section we also discussed the worship leader’s influence on the congregation and the high biblical expectations for church leaders.
First, spirituality itself is defined in abstract terms such as sanctification, justification, devoted follower of Christ, new creature in Christ; all have different meanings depending on the person and their context. Through the various opportunities to serve and minister, the leader can identify his or her gift and skill mix. What I did not realize is the profound effect this would have on my career as a school leader. Hertz explores the edcamp model, and shares some tips on how to organize and host an edcamp unconference. Outcomes on rubrics are measured by competence of use and most importantly the quality of the process or product.
In other words, God’s leaders are defined by who they are in Christ and not what they do. Gary had a leadership gift, which manifested itself in a charisma and charm that attracted the attention and respect of the neighborhood kids.
Zach’s commitment to serving and helping people extended into his personal evangelism as well. Having been regenerated, we have a new nature, a nature of the Spirit which replaces the nature of the flesh.
Also, you may recognize areas of your spiritual life, character and gifting that could use maturing as you consider your gifts with respect to the needs of your particular ministry or how you envision your future ministry. Knowing both your strengths and weaknesses will help you become more effective in communicating your gift to others.
This might be as obvious as when the emerging leader is ordained, or as subtle as the church quietly supporting the emerging leader’s ministry. As leaders, we need to take the time to monitor every aspect of our or inner life with friends who can be trusted to keep the information to themselves and for their wisdom and discernment. Leaders are called because, in their humble obedience to God, they will naturally produce the supernatural gifts of Godly leadership. The prerequisite to being an effective Christian leader is operating in God’s authority and call.
But first let’s make a couple of observations regarding worship and the worship leaders influence over the congregation. Although these passages speak specifically about overseers and deacons, we can apply the same requirements to those who lead God’s people into His very presence through worship. Effective spiritual leadership stems from a vital and vibrant relationship with the living God and a deep understanding of self. Therefore, it is also critically important that leaders maintain friendships where God can recreate, refresh and possibility redirect and reprove them.
Now we will be turning our attention to the various stages of leadership from emergence to when the leader concludes their ministry by passing the torch.
They also become introduced to a greater cross section of the Body of Christ allowing them to express their gifts in different styles and cultures. We are living in a time of accelerating societal, technological, and global change, but our schools, many of them, are struggling to adapt to these changing times in order to provide our students an education that will be compelling, meaningful, enriching and preparatory. Facing accountability for student achievement, implementing complex special education policies, providing for diverse student populations, and dealing with parents who have misgivings about public education are only a few of these challenges. Some leadership experts say this kind of charisma may be the most important gift for effective leadership.
He would help strangers in need, all the while sharing Christ with them and inviting them to church. Sometimes they step into leadership because their sense of organization is violated; there is a leadership vacuum. When you consider the fact that preachers and teachers teach Christians how to live on earth and worship leaders teach Christians how to live in eternity, you begin to understand the importance of spiritual integrity of worship leaders.
These friendships are usually found outside their sphere of influence, which in some case can cause turmoil within the group they lead. Zach not only had a similar personality and charisma as Gary’s, but he also earned the respect of the church by his committed service, his leadership, his personality and his integrity. While these leaders can help most groups, they are particularly effecting in leading groups who’s mission is their passion. At the end of this section is a Gift Assessment Survey that can help to identify the gifts you are currently using. Because we don’t know these details, we daily seek direction from God in a living and vital relationship. This tool is not prophetic, so don’t expect it to determine the gifts you may have in the future or identify gifts that are currently dormant in you. As people responsible for building up the Body of Christ, we should encourage the struggling saint to get the help they need so they can become strong and spiritually mature enough to faithfully serve. It is our own struggle to conform our lives to God’s word and plans that reveals His power to make us overwhelming conquerors of our own shortcomings.
There remains a delicate Biblical balance of authority for women; authority to lead while remaining in submission to church authority. So then, as team leaders, we must always be sensitive to the spiritual health of ourselves and our team members.
It encourages others to see a leader that views Godliness as a goal to strive for rather than one which is already attained (Phil 3:1-16). However, while the leader’s spirituality originates in their relationship with God, it is also expressed outwardly to those around them.
And men need to help find this delicate balance, not merely quietly support, or passively tolerate women leaders.
The leaders spirituality is the sum of their experiences in a destined, gifted and empowered relationship with the living God. I do not want to belabor this point, so I will defer this conversation to the many books on this subject that could help bring balance to women’s authority, like J. Spiritual leaders become tangible and discernable reflections of their spirituality, vision and destined purpose which, in turn, inspires others to seek their own spiritual maturity.

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