Leadership 180: Change yourself first

Dennis Sparks

One key to successful leadership is continuous personal change. Personal change is a reflection of our inner growth and empowerment. Empowered leaders are the only ones who can induce real change. —Robert Quinn

Important, lasting improvements in teaching, learning, and relationships in schools occur when leaders adopt new beliefs, deepen their understanding of important issues, and consistently speak and act in new ways.

It is a common human tendency to see others’ shortcomings before noticing our own complicity in maintaining the status quo. It’s also human for leaders to believe that the primary barriers to change reside outside themselves.

Leaders who understand these dynamics begin the change process by making significant and deep changes in themselves.

Today I will reflect on an important school goal to determine a belief I want to modify, an understanding I want to deepen, a skill I would like to acquire, or a habit I want to develop.

[This “meditation” is the first of 180 (one for every day of the traditional school year) provided in Leadership 180: Daily Meditations on School Leadership. It is my most recent and I think best book, available as a Kindle book for $14.39, which is just 8 cents per meditation.]

 

1 Response to “Leadership 180: Change yourself first”


  1. 1 G. Michael Abbott February 8, 2013 at 10:19 am

    The essay was about leaders changing themselves to help others change. It’s difficult for many leaders to recognize that their job is to inspire others to do their best and not to inflict dictates from on high. A good leader can do that by recognizing the internal change he/she must confront.

    Mike


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