In identifying and training potential leaders, it is essential that the educational leader not only have a knowledge of what has to be accomplished, but also that he/she should have a much broader vision of the task at hand. Dealing with potential leaders is certainly much more than imparting knowledge of how to deal with certain situations. More often than not, it’s a question of equipping the potential leader with the mental and emotional outlook so necessary to handle the situations and stresses of leadership.
Crucial to this process is the task of identifying future leaders. The perfect candidate cannot be found. Everyone has both strengths and weaknesses. It is very important in the selection of future leaders to concentrate on strengths of character, rather than weaknesses. Everyone has both; but usually in the development of specific strengths of character, some weaknesses seem to disappear.
To be able to accomplish the task of transmitting ideas and attitudes, it is essential for the leader to have a clear vision of the school goals as put forth in the mission statement; have a commitment to this vision; and have the ability to transfer this same vision and commitment to future leaders.
To be successful in this endeavor, the leader must possess and model the same attitude and vision he/she wishes to pass on. These virtues and characteristics must be ingrained in his/her own personal approach to life and in the exercise of leadership within the school setting.
Equipping future leaders is much more that showing and telling people what to do. It includes both encouraging and empowering them to be responsible in their own lives, and how they in turn should exercise these same qualities in their own dealings with others throughout the school community.
Through this directed reading, the participant will:
- understand the importance of having a clear vision of the school’s goals;
- be able to focus on the strengths while recognizing the limitations of future leaders;
- appreciate that the leader must possess and model the same attitudes and vision he/she wishes to transmit.