Leadership 180: Speak With An Authentic Voice

Dennis Sparks

We grant authority to people we perceive as “authoring” their own words and actions, people who do not speak from a script or behave in preprogrammed ways. 

—Parker Palmer

Leaders’ authentic voice is one of their most important leadership “tools.” Simply put, a leader’s voice is a clear and genuine expression of his or her intentions, ideas, beliefs, values, and emotions, a voice brought into every meeting, professional learning setting, and one-to-one interaction with teachers, parents, and students. Leaders have an authentic voice when they speak from their own heart and values rather than sounding as if they are reading from or acting out a script provided by others.

Today I will reflect on the extent to which what I really think and value on the inside is expressed to the outside world through my words and actions. I will identify ways to reduce any discrepancies I may find.

[This “meditation” is one 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 day as a source of professional learning and encouragement in developing valuable new habits.]


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