Developing Future Leaders

Great leadership is key to success, whether it’s in a school, on a sports team or in the greater community. Under-performance and failure is frequently attributed to a lack of leadership in adults, which begins in childhood. Leaders who succeed are those others want to follow because they encourage and foster responsibility in all.

Even very small children have been shown to develop leadership early in life if the right conditions and opportunities to do so are present in the home or school environment. Successful leaders have mastered a range of skills and are proficient in creating the best conditions for transferring responsibility to others until they do the same.

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The LifeWork Systems Difference

Too often school administrators and teachers are not provided adequate training in leadership, motivation, communication and other human systems skills. After the workshop or retreat, these skills may or may not be reinforced, passed along to others or made operational in the functioning of the school or classroom. This is a waste of precious resources.

The LifeWork Systems approach is unique because we focus on a distributive learning in which every school employee and student has access to social and emotional intelligence skills training and each is supported in integrating new skills and practices into the routines of the school.

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Here are four core skills needed to effectively develop leadership:

1. Trust-Building

Exceptional school leaders have developed the ability to emotionally connect with adults and students – regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, experience, qualifications, IQ, years of service, or behavioral style.

2. Mentoring

The best leaders have shifted from managing, motivating and evaluating adults and children to coaching and mentoring them. They have the ability to sit down with each on a regular basis and have open, honest discussions about their relationships, performance and engagement. In this way, they manage challenges and provide support in a timely, helpful and proactive manner.

3. Inspiring Commitment and Passion

Committed students and staff are productive. They develop the capability to assist students and staff by inspiring, delegating, coaching and cheering them so they are consistently succeeding and celebrating success.

4. Building Winning Teams

The ultimate achievement for an exceptional leader is to do themselves out of their role as soon as possible. Strong administrators and teachers are effective at helping individuals and teams to own their performance and commit to excellence and providing value every day. While students may achieve high levels of performance individually and collectively, transfer of responsibility to them is an ongoing and masterful skill that moves schools from crisis to creativity.