The article I am giving a synopsisof is titled,” Is your school better because you lead it.” The article iswritten by Baruti K. Kafele.  Kafelediscusses in the article how educational teachers or leaders who aspire to bein leadership roles or are currently serving in a leadership capacity, shouldbe able to answer four questions to determine if your school is better with youat the helm.

  The questions that youshould ask yourself are: what is your leadership identity, mission, purpose,and vision of education.  The responsesto the questions will help you determine you are being an effective leader inyour schoolAn interesting statement in thearticle discussed how your personal identity isn’t always necessarily orreflective of your leadership identity. Many times educators or leaders may have different personalities butthose qualities that you possess as a leader can show how students, parents,staff, and community react to your leadership. The article discussed how yourleadership mission is your “what” and purpose is your “why”.  I agree wholeheartedly.  These characteristics coexist in severalways.

  . I believe that your mission starts with your philosophy of education andwhy are you entering a career to affect the lives of students in the form thatyou do.  Your purpose is veryimportant.  To work in education yourpurpose should continue to motivate you no matter how frustrating andchallenging the work becomes.  Last, youroverall vision for education when leading your respective school is veryimportant.  You must determine what isyour overall goal and beliefs when leading.

 Another question you must ask yourself is, “What is your timeline ofachievement or goals when leading? ” Being a principal, you must determine realisticexpectations you would like to see from your students, staff, community, andparents as partners to help you achieve those reachable goals.The current article has given meinsight about how to be an effective administrator or instructor when leading aschool.  Many of our tools for successhave been instilled in us for many years. Leadership I feel is a trait that you inherit and can be molded into thebest you can be.  Without having aleadership identity, mission, purpose, and vision you won’t be able to fulfillyour purpose as an effective instructor or leader.

  These are all the basic principles of helpingyou determine if your school will be better if you are to lead.   


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