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[quote]Whenever I read, "six

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[quote]Whenever I read, "six of this", or "10 of that" for leadership or teaching qualities, I ask myself, why is it that we try so hard to simplify the most complex of relationships - teaching and leading? [/quote]

Patrick, you're right, we're barely scratching the surface. But we see these simple lists as prompts toward a deeper discussion. And we always welcome your thoughtful input.

Whenever I read, "six of

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Whenever I read, "six of this", or "10 of that" for leadership or teaching qualities, I ask myself, why is it that we try so hard to simplify the most complex of relationships - teaching and leading? Teaching and leading are ALL about RELATIONSHIPS. Relationships with each other, with the content/curriculum and with the methods we use. There is NO oversimplification possible - it is why we struggle so with accountability. I'm in with Michelle - a true educational leader is more like a coach than anything else - keeping the team engaged, focused and supported!

Director of Professional Development at a DC area independent school

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Thanks for pointing me back to #5, Maurice. I reread. It is inspiring because it invokes courage and the moral commitment involved in leading people and their organizations. I also see in that a sensitivity to nuances in the existing system, not just plowing through with reforms for the sake of change. That is certainly part of emotional intelligence.

I wonder if patience,

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I wonder if patience, perseverance and faith in one's work and the impact on the institution, fits into one of those principles. Maybe under No. 6? Do patience and and faith play a role in optimizing a given situation?

Barbara, I think both authors would agree that all of your points fit into the 6 principles somewhere. My sense is that they are part of #3 and #5 generically, and that all 5 (and one's overall Emotional Intelligence) are likely to play a role in optimizing a particular circumstance.

Director of Professional Development at a DC area independent school

Thanks for sharing these 6

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Thanks for sharing these 6 leadership principles. Obviously, they convey a lot of wisdom, and would do well being posted right in front of my desk every day. I wonder if patience, perseverance and faith in one's work and the impact on the institution, fits into one of those principles. Maybe under No. 6? Do patience and and faith play a role in optimizing a given situation?

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[quote]Thanks for this

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[quote]Thanks for this inspirational piece. Now, where can we find these people?[/quote]

That raises an interesting question, doesn't it? Are leaders born or can they be trained/nurtured?

Educational Consultant/Author, Southern California

Thanks for this inspirational

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Thanks for this inspirational piece. Now, where can we find these people?

These are six great

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These are six great characteristics for leaders. I loved that they were derived from such a wide range of interviewed people from different backgrounds and countries. I am working at becoming a teacher leader. I hope to develop the skills to effectively improve my school and district. Starting strong and simple is one I need to keep in mind. I tend to try to bite off a large piece and then not get very far. I feel that most importantly, as you mentioned, you don't have to be an administrator to be a great leader. You just need the desire, passion, and courage to make your workplace a better place to be.

Michele, thank you for adding

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Michele, thank you for adding such concise insights to the list of key leadership qualities.

High School English teacher, graduate student

The most effective leaders

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The most effective leaders encourage communication and idea sharing beyond and across expected lines--subject and grade level, administrators/teachers/staff/custodians. The best leaders check their egos at the door and encourage everyone else to do the same. Successful leaders look for the gifts in every member of the organization and encourage everyone to participate in problem solving.

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