Every day of your life is filled with opportunities to be creative, to act with purpose and potency. You don’t need an elevated position or title of great importance to assume a leadership role. –Larraine Matusak
Successful school communities draw leadership from many sources – students, parents, teachers, and principals. Without such distributed leadership, the school is deprived of the strengths and perspectives found within the community and of the energy that such deep engagement provides.
School community members lead when they:
1. Share knowledge, skill, and/or a point of view with others.
2. Summon the courage to name and describe the elephant in the room – the undiscussable that is holding the group back from an important conversation.
3. Take responsibility for a task or project that they believe is important and won’t get done unless they do it. They live out the philosophy, “if not me, who, if not now, when?”
Please add your comments: What have I missed? In what ways have you observed school community members taking on leadership responsibilities without a formal role?