I tried to spend some time thinking about who I wanted to â€śbeâ€ť as a blogger since my first post. Â You know the kinda stuff, â€śwhat story do I want to tell?â€ť or â€śwhat kind of advice should I try to provide?â€ť
I couldnâ€™t really come up with a theme that seemed compelling and so I tried to think about the â€śthemeâ€ť of my own leadership instead.Â What is it that I think I am supposed to do as a leader?Â What is my purpose?Â My mission?Â My vision for my own leadership?
As I am sure you can imagine, this is no small question to ponder.Â And I didnâ€™t find any easy answers.
What I did find, I hope, was the â€śthemeâ€ť of my leadership:
I lead to serve others.
In the classroom or in the meeting room, I seek to serve others.Â I put those around me ahead of me and always seek to find ways to serve their interests.Â When itâ€™s my students, I seek to serve their interests and help them climb the mountain to college and beyond.Â When itâ€™s parents, I seek to serve them by helping them build a life full of options for their children.Â Â Â When itâ€™s our admin team, I seek to serve them by empowering them to develop as leaders in our building.Â And when itâ€™s our instructional team, I seek to serve them by helping them grow as instructional leaders.
Now, I have to admit, I did not come up with the idea of servant leadership.Â It is what leadership consultant and author Ken Jennings calls â€śServant Leadershipâ€ť.Â Â â€śThe Serving Leader: Five Powerful Actions that Will Transform Your Team, Your Business, and Your Community,â€ť is a super quick and easy read that outlines the mindsets of a serving leader.Â I think I finished it in one sitting on a Saturday afternoon, but if you donâ€™t have a Saturday afternoon, here are the highlights:
Run to Great Purpose â€“ To do the most possible good, strive for the impossible.Â Beyond self-interest, seek benefit for all.
Upend the Pyramid â€“ You qualify to be first by putting other people first.Â You are in chargeÂ principally to charge up others.
Raise the Bar â€“ Set high expectations.Â The best reach-down is a challenging reach-up.
Blaze the Trail â€“ Make it possible for others to perform well.Â Your biggest obstacle is the one that hinders someone else.
Build on Strength â€“ To address your weaknesses, focus on your strengths.Â You cannot become the best unless others do too.
Give it some thought.Â Serving others is the theme of my leadership and what I strive to do.
Have you ever given it any thought? What is your theme?Â Why do you lead?