A School, College, or Institute is more than just a place or platform. It is a medium where teaching and learning come together- creating an environment where dreams are born, made, and fulfilled. Where leaders are teachers, professors, mentors – who shape dreams into realities and guide young minds to find themselves a position of privilege in community and above. For students, teachers are the Education Leaders – who support and motivate them at each step of their journey to become the best version of themselves. They mold their ideas, visions, personalities, and more with their innate talent to rise above and beyond in their careers. Behind every successful student, there is an education leader with a diverse skill set and a knowledge base.
Let us find out five of the best traits of a successful education leader-:
Innovation is everywhere; we all want innovation, we all love innovation, and we all acknowledge innovation. So, for a leader, what does innovation mean? Well, it is simple, they should be willing to be different with their ideas, mind, and capabilities. They need to incorporate their new concepts into education to solve real-time problems and scale education systems with pragmatic solutions. Teaching is a process that needs an extra factor – like an authentic style, a unique pattern, a compassionate approach, and more. For a leader, to innovate a unique identity is a challenge but this trait is the most desirable. It sets you apart and creates an engagement with students, their parents, and a community that comprehensively promotes a way of innovation-focused learning. Teachers, who are leaders and also innovators in the classroom and groups, these inspiring innovators help fulfill every student’s path to reach dream goals. With the help of such innovators, students can fly and spread their wings higher in their limitless sky.
So, for teachers, innovation stands as an essential component of holistic growth. Keep faith in yourself and take your walk to an unexplored track to find your innovative destination. Let your innovation speak volumes and become your success mantra.
- Emotional Intelligence
We have talked about this term long and enough, it’s the new way of acknowledging intelligence now. So, what is emotional intelligence and how does one become emotional intelligence? Well, emotional intelligence is a broad term but to define it simply- one needs to understand its core. It’s about the ability to understand, handle, and positively respond to your emotions. Also, when one is capable of recognizing, interpreting, and monitoring the emotions of others to a high extent they are termed as emotionally intelligent. These people can also be referred to as having a great EQ called the emotional quotient. Many researchers think that EQ is an innate trait, however, others believe that emotional intelligence can be achieved with practice and patience.
As an education leader, Emotional Intelligence is an advanced trait as young students are beginners, who are crawling towards learning new things, discovering their first steps, and exploring the new ways of needing compassion out of all. As a leader, when you can put yourself in others’ shoes, you realize what they have to go through daily. This enables leaders to understand emotions better, relieve stress, communicate effectively, be empathetic, overcome hurdles, and tackle conflict.
- Team Builders
As a leader, one has to think about the team at all times. An organization is a team effort; it is the sum of everyone’s contribution that builds an organization. When it comes to an organization, the schools, colleges, and institutes are made of various departments that work side by side to empower everyone from the staff members, to teachers, and pupils. With the help of “get the relationship right – be open, trustworthy, authentic” the education leader can lead everyone righteously to the desired goals.
A team gives one the roadmap to success and with the help of team building activities, it creates an atmosphere of cooperation and contribution to come together. Team building tasks bring everyone together and help in problem-solving, developing compassion, and getting to know each other better. It also enhances creativity and innovation as a whole and boosts self-esteem and motivation.
An education leader knows that a school is a perfect place to develop the student’s teamwork skill sets. They have plenty of opportunities to explore and develop their social skills with the help of partner activities and group projects. As an education leader, one should know that team sports, school plays, debates, and more are all great experiences for learning how and why to be a part of a team.
- Reflective Thinking
Education Leadership is a daily job, where interaction with students and staff makes it a relationship-based concept. So, in this case, as an education leader, one uses reflection as a tool for understanding themselves better. Reflective thinking is categorized into self-awareness, detailed observation, and flexible response.
This self-examination process makes leaders great decision-makers and problem-solvers while staying committed and motivated towards their work and well-being. It implies that the leader is interested in rectifying their daily tasks and becoming experts in their profession. They know that through reflection, one can nurture personal and professional transformation. Reflective thinking helps accelerate growth- this type of trait is a fuel to bring in real-time change in the school, college, or university community. When we spend quality time with ourselves and give us that space to address and register our things, we are creating new ways for leaders to lead. This trait may seem a bit unusual yet, we all have a habit of either judging or doubting ourselves. So, it is better to learn to reflect upon our performance.
- Lifelong Learner
Learning should never stop. As a leader, juggling between ten things at once will not allow you to have that time to learn. So, we must take out time to learn new things inside or outside of our field. A lifelong learner has more chances of becoming a leader. So, integrate that learning curve in all aspects of life and make it fun and encouraging.