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Aspiring Principals 2007

Personal Effectiveness

“ In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while

the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to
deal with a world that no longer exists.”



I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in
the classroom/team/school.
It’s my personal approach that creates the daily mood that makes the
As a teacher/leader, I possess a tremendous power to make a
child’s/teacher’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture, or
an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humour, hurt or heal.
In all situations it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be
escalated or de-escalated, and a child/teacher humanized or de-
West-Burnham and Ireson 2005
•Effective leadership is not just a job, it is a complex
interaction between a range of personal and professional
qualities and experiences. At the heart of effective leadership
is a model of learning, rooted in personal reflection, to
enable and enhance understanding, and to inform action.
Emotional Intelligence
•“The capacity for
recognizing our own feelings
and those of others, for motivating ourselves, for
managing emotions well in ourselves and in our

Becoming an Authentic Leader

•Leadership is symbiotic with personal growth
•Effective leadership is rooted in personal authenticity
•Authenticity is the interaction of values, language and the capacity to
•Being authentic is an emergent process-complex interactions over
•Complex interactions involving deep and profound learning

Boyatzis’ Five Stages of Discovery

•The First Discovery

•The Second Discovery

•The Third Discovery

•The Fourth Discovery

•The Fifth Discovery

1) My Ideal Self- who I want to be

2) My Real Self- who am I –what are my strengths and gaps?

3) My Learning Agenda-how can I build on my strengths whilst reducing my gaps?
4) Experimenting with new behaviours, thoughts and feelings-what are the actions I need to take?
5) Developing trusting relationships to help support and encourage me-who can help me?
Self Reflection
–Who are you as an educator?
–What are your values?
–What is your charter, your personal, professional
–What is the place of the student learner in this mission?

What is my leadership belief platform?

•What are my beliefs about..teaching and learning…leading
•Am I able to articulate these beliefs ?