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Learning Humane Self Leadership From A Teacher’s Resignation

Hooray and dismay.

In reclaiming her own integrity and future by resigning, a Florida teacher in the Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) made a powerful statement about our need to stop following leadership that doesn’t know how to lead. The teacher wrote:

“Florida’s startling attrition rate of 40% for educators [in the first] five years [of teaching] …. means my woes are shared by many. “OCPS Means Success” doesn’t mean squat if those measuring the success only recognize a specific brand of success, and continue to ignore the needs of their educators and students.”

Managers who fail to meet our basic human needs while hiding behind standards and data, have not earned the right to lead us. The current leadership structure may have role-based authority but they also must earn the trust and influence required to lead us. Of course, some educational leaders are doing great work at the nearly impossible task of meeting the changing needs of children, society and the imposed standards, but, clearly others are not meeting the needs of teachers and students.

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Pilgrimage– Adding Meaning to Our Travels

 

Ellie: What are we talking about here, Stephen?

Stephen: We are talking about the pilgrimage we just went on this summer, up and down the coast, back and forth through our lives and my past and all that–family, friends, associates. Continue reading Pilgrimage– Adding Meaning to Our Travels

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Questions: Humane Leadership Power Tool

Doubt is the origin of wisdom

RENE DESCARTES

Doubting our own assumptions and thought patterns is a great place to start any pursuit of wise, humane leadership.

In all affairs, it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.

BERTRAND RUSSELL

Curiosity is the key to:

  • The scientific method
  • Insight
  • Refined thinking and behavior
  • Human connection


The quality of our leadership is determined by the quality of our questions

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Creative Self Emergence and Rilke’s Poetry

If we are lucky enough to move beyond our basic needs for safety and belonging, we can begin the process of earning the esteem of ourselves and others.  A few lucky souls even get to move toward self actualization in Maslow’s model.

But, for many, leadership opportunities look like nurturing their own and other’s creative self emergence. Continue reading Creative Self Emergence and Rilke’s Poetry