ASCD Educational Leadership Conference! The ‘RIGHT-NOW’ Leader

This weekend in sunny and beautiful San Diego, CA, ASCD is holding a sold out conference of leaders from all over the country. It is so interesting to meet and see new people who work from all walks of life; especially in their educational background and experience. I have just been excited to engage in various sessions on leadership (which is a life-long passion I have) and to share/’borrow’ ideas from other leaders…

Even as tired as I am from east coast time, and a long day, I couldn’t help but want to share what great nuggets of learning I am gaining from this conference. Much of it is on my Twitter feed featured on this very page, so check it out! The main piece of insight that I walked away from day one, was being the right now leader that is on the fast track of steady leading and design with their teams. Education is evolving and we have to lead the charge to evolve with it. The great list of knowledge just goes on but here is the link to some of my notes and some pictures just from the first day.

Can’t wait for day 2! Bring it on…this leader is ready to learn!

Notes from Day 1 ASCD Leadership Conference

Some great moments at the ASCD Ed Leadership Conference in San Diego, CA!

Some great moments at the ASCD Ed Leadership Conference in San Diego, CA!

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Are Leaders BORN or Made? That is the Question…!

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Are leaders BORN or MADE?

I remember sitting in one of my Leadership Master’s classes years ago for my administrator certificate, when I was asked for the first time (of what was to be many more times to come),“Are leaders born or made?”  It was such a piercing question that has resonated with me for a while now. I have seen many examples of leadership: the good, the bad, and the ugly. As I currently work on my doctorate degree in leadership, I often still ask myself this question that my professor once posed. In my little opinion, I absolutely believe leaders are BORN to lead. Everyone can’t be a leader, effectively anyways, if that don’t have that ‘special touch’ of what it takes. You need to be able to connect to those you lead, and not be so caught up in your own agenda, that you forget about the people who are fighting on the front lines daily. You have to be able to pause and stop in your busy day to make someone else’s day. You have to realize that your visions and dreams are not always the one’s of those you lead, but if you’re a GREAT leader, you can creatively convince them to see your vision and believe in it. So in turn, yes I feel leaders are born into this world, however as they grown and develop in that gift of leadership, they can be MADE to be even better…

Leadership 4Blog Clipart2I often think of the question raised  in my doctoral studies: if the people who currently follow you as a leader, still do so if they had the choice? Wow! When I first heard that question, I knew I had to be the type of administrator that people would TRUST and follow me anywhere, even if they had the option not to. That is so important to me. People are important to me. Those I lead, are IMPORTANT TO ME.

Thinking of even the youngest level of leaders, where does it all begin? Recently we just held Student Council elections in our Middle School, Grades 5-8. I am the Dean of Grades 5&6, so attached you will see the picture of their sweet little faces. Headed up by 2 great teachers on our team, Jenny Novoselsky (Grade 5 World Geography teacher, and Head of Grade), and Mary Beth Struble (Grade 6 math teacher), we are teaching them early on what it means to be a true leader. While we gave many speeches about not just voting for your friends, and putting people in the right position of who will get the job done, it is pretty null and void when you are 10 or 11 years-old, and want to vote in your ‘BFF’ or the most popular kid in school. Either way this is a great group, and we are excited to mold them into awesome leaders!

So to you I ask, are leaders BORN or MADE? …and….If YOU had the CHOICE would you follow your current leader? These are the questions that can have many answers….


2015-16 Elected Student Council Officers for Grades 5&6!


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