Is this the sort of leadership that your school or district needs? More from from Paul Sloane’s list of Conventional Leaders vs. Lateral Leaders found in his book The Leader’s Guide To Lateral Thinking Skills.
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Howard Gardner calls for "indirect leadership."
"A leader is an individual (or, rarely, a set of individuals) who significantly affects the thoughts, feelings, and/or behaviors of a significant number of individuals. Most acknowledged leaders are "direct." They address their public face-to-face. But I have called attention to an unrecognized phenomenon: indirect leadership. In this variety of leading, individuals exert impact through the works that they create.
Whether direct or indirect, leaders fashion stories: principally stories of identity. It is important that a leader be a good storyteller, but equally crucial that the leader embody that story in his or her life. When a leader tells stories to experts, the stories can be quite sophisticated; but when the leader is dealing with a diverse, heterogeneous group, the story must be sufficiently elemental to be understood by the untutored, or 'unschooled,' mind."
Which does your school or district need?
In what ways is your communication style growing to meet the needs of your school or district? Will the way you communicate change in the future or remain the same?
What problems are you working on that would benefit from empowering someone else to solve it?
Are you current hiring practices bringing in the most talented candidates? Are there alternatives to you current hiring practices that might improve your results?
How might you look to the past to find new approaches to your current issues?
In what ways might you combine ideas from outside of education to develop new and innovative ideas in education?
How might you encourage and empower your staff to share their ideas?
Which sort of leadership will help you reach your goals, more of the same or lateral or indirect leadership?