Now that I have your attention..(haha!)….I’ve been having a lot of thought and comments and dialogue in the past few weeks about leadership and what, exactly, it is. We know we all need more of it in this country. We know a lot of our ‘leaders’ or people in many high positions have let us down lately too. But, the older I get, the more I think leadership is like Justice Stevens trying to describe obscenity (in the form of pornography): hard to describe, but you know it when you see it.
There’s a ton of books out there on characteristics and traits of great leaders, but I’m struggling with whether or not leadership can be taught, and if it CAN be taught, what means and ends or objectives can be utilized to measure efficacy? A scanton multiple choice test really doesn’t cut it in this realm. There are clearly different types and flavors of leaders too. But, how can I as an educator get every one of my students to be the very best leader they can be while maximizing their strengths, values and talents? This is one of the many things keeping me up at night, because we NEED MORE LEADERS in this country, pronto. The lack thereof has led us to many a problem we have today.
So, in conclusion, if you have a magical leadership maker stashed away in a box at home – could you kindly share it with the rest of the class?