Educational leadership statement
As a teacher, I try to connect with my students. I like to find out their interests and what caters to their needs as individuals or as a group. I facilitate my students in a way that I can bring out the best of them, and guide them in reaching their full potential.
As a connected leader, my role is much in line with being a teacher. I facilitate and will strive to bring out the best in others. Just like a teacher, I will focus on the process of achievements, results and building relationships. I believe that it takes a connected leader who can see the qualities in others and help them to make an impact in and outside the classroom.
As a future oriented leader, I focus on collaborating and inspiring others. Marx (2006) emphasizes that collaboration is the only way to improve our chances of survival as an education system, a community, a nation, and as a world. Collaboration is key for a positive school environment. I like to give stakeholders the opportunity to share their ideas, voices and making shared decisions. I also find it important to constantly listen, read and sense the school environment. This way, I am aware and can prevent issues that might happen in the future.
As a community leader, I acknowledge that every student, family and staff member is diverse and have different goals, values, and aspirations. I lead by example and highly believe in ethical leadership. Respect, equity, and fairness are values that I live by and I give stakeholders the opportunity to communicate their thoughts and needs. I believe in life-long learning and find that we can all learn from each other. Therefore, everyone should be given the chance to utilize their skills and share their knowledge with other community members.
As an educational leader, I feel the need to provide a service and to help school members achieve their goals. I have come across many diverse communities in International schools and life. This has taught me to be open-minded towards the ideas and cultural context of others. In my leadership and teaching career of seventeen years, I have made it a must to build trust by listening and maintaining open communication. I constantly reflect and remind myself that we are all interconnected. Diverse expertise can come together as one unity that fights for a common ground, which is providing the best education.