In order to avoid “misrembering,” must give credit to Aileen Gibb and her article, “Putting the I Back in Team,” and Pastor Morie Adams-Griffin for what follows.
The Superintendent of my school district is retiring at the end of this school year. While she has only been here a relatively short time, she has accomplished a lot in helping us grow. But like all districts, much remains to be done as we prepare our students for a world that does not yet exist. Hopefully, our new Superintendent recognizes the opportunities before us, as will our Board of Trustees who will hire that individual.
Leadership depends on recognizing to potential of each individual to contribute to the organization. Highest organizational performance depends of the connections between and among individual team members. Successful leaders are those who can integrate specific/individual talents with the skills of the other team members. This will allow an organizational culture of opportunity rather than one of conformity.
The Montana School Boards Association is facilitating our search for the new Superintendent. They sent a survey for all staff to complete, asking for our input on what we are expecting from the new Superintendent. The typical and predictable was asked; do we want someone to manage the day to day operations of the district; be the public relations connection to the community, etc.
For too long, we have presumed that the role of the leader is to set the overall vision, communicate it, get the stakeholders to buy in, and implement the Lofty Language of the Holy Strategic Plan. I am hoping for a leader who will ask the questions that unlock the passions and talents of the individual, one who will listen for what inspires us to go beyond the mediocrity of consensus.
The link below captures my feeling; A Peacock in the Land of Penguins by BJ Gallagher and Warren Schmidt
Every organization has peacocks. Only when we put every I back in team will we inspire individual leadership and realize astonishing new results many of us know are both achievable and attainable, but never thought we would see.
What have you come here to do?