Growing up we all admire that one teacher, mentor, or faculty member, we truly admire. The way they have recited that poem or explained a particular lesson, we fondly remember it. Undoubtedly these teachers, mentors, or faculty members are what we define as great Education Leaders. It’s the path that these professionals choose to lead that makes them inspirational and reputed individuals for years to come. So, what are the qualities or requirements to become a great education leader? How can one be remarkable in their field of work? How can they set an example? Well, there are many questions with potential answers, so let’s find out some of the attributes of becoming a great education leader:
- Start with Integrity and Authenticity
Great Leaders are not born, they are made. As a leader, it is important to show your roots and values while sticking to them at all times. When finding a school to work, be it local or an internationally recognized school make sure your vision aligns with that of the respected school. At school, make it a personal commitment to have an honest opinion about all of the proceedings. Be open about your views and voice it out time and again when needed the most. This quality will take your place as there are only a few in this world that are true to their line of work and believe in being authentic at their workplace.
Also, on the contrary, if you have made a mistake, rather than running away from it as most people will, admit it, take responsibility for it, and learn a lesson from it. Be a man of your words and uphold your promises as and when necessary.
- Be Entitled to Empowerment
We talk about Empowerment all the time. The media that publishes daily news about how to empower our communities, societies, and countries are at a back seat in this race. If only we start empowering young minds i.e. the students at an early age, we will never need anyone else to empower them when they become adults.
As an education leader, the ability to empower can be an innate skill that will be like second nature to most teachers. When a teacher becomes a role model of students, their stature is respected and looked up to, so in these surroundings, the students are imbibing their teacher’s qualities in many ways. As a leader, remember to praise students for what they achieve and give them a sense of confidence of how capable they are of accomplishing their dreams ahead.
- Be a Curious Mind
An intelligent and smart mind can have all the solutions to resolve the problems; however, the curious mind is the one that points out the problems. For guiding children, many times the teachers also need to turn child-like. We all know kids ask many questions and most of them are great. Their curious little minds are running at a thousand miles every second and to nurture their thought process we also need to be curious and think differently. As a 21st-century education leader, the possibilities are endless so think outside the box. Be willing to learn, unlearn, and relearn as it will fuel the curious mind. The opportunities and possibilities of a curious mind are endless and exciting, so be a leader who is interested in taking the unconventional path. Be the one to take risks that will pay high profits in the upcoming times. To feed your curiosity, enroll yourself in workshops, attend conferences, and learn from 21st-century education leaders. Collaborate with your contemporaries and keep an eye on what’s happening around you.
- Be a Creative Soul
Creativity is an expression that is worth a million dollars. In this world of 7.1 billion people, every single one has a creative side in them. How we choose to express our creativity is a different point but that creativity lies inside us in ways we are not aware of. So, exploring your creative soul is like a life-changing idea that one should vouch for.
When people say that they have lost their passions or are not able to decide their career path. Well, creativity here will play a vital role. If you replenish your creative side, the creative juices will start flowing out and help you handle the complexities and disruptions of the education leader’s role.
- Be Intuitive
As a leader one should always learn to listen to their gut instinct. An intuitive leader adheres to moral standards and conducts themselves with ethics, responsibility, and discipline. Intuitive people should be passionate about their personal and professional well-being and perform with excellence and sheer effort. They are go-getters and also are always excited to make desires turn into realities. As an intuitive leader one doesn’t settle for anything but the best in all walks of life.
So, this skill of intuition should never be ignored to turn a blind eye to. When you listen to your intuition, you may become highly intuitive and enable an intuitive system that will guide you throughout. It’s almost like an intuitive leader has a third eye, which they need to awaken, and then they can see how things are going to be moving forward. Also, these intuitive leaders are genuine and compassionate individuals who are great with students as they can feel their emotions with a much deeper and mature understanding. They promote a friendly-driven environment that is focused on celebrating everyone around them. So, your intuition will always guide you to make the right call.
All these skill sets seem unusual yet are powerful in the 21st century.
As an education leader, one can’t just commit to the same age-old standards of schools, colleges, and universities. The textual knowledge will only make students achieve good grades but to succeed in life the students need guidance from leaders and not just teachers. So, these qualities of a leader will stand out among the rest and secure them a position in the longer run.