It is safe to say most people want to be a leader in their professional community. We read all different types of books about what makes a great leader. One of the key characteristics that make up a good leader is to be able to work in different types of situations. Another characteristic most books agree on is to be able to hold conversations with our colleagues and work out issues or share ideas in a safe environment. Although these are great tips to keep in mind, they do not go into detail as to how to make those conversations. In order for us to be a great leader and make a change in our professional community, we must be able to have meaningful, honest conversations with our colleagues. Throughout my process of learning how to become a great leader, my graduate professor, asked us to read Crucial Conversations: tools for talking when stakes are high.
Change is a big step for everyone. Not only will my colleagues be wary of change, but parents and students as well. It will be vital for me to be able to communicate the heart, the why, I want there to be a change in our classrooms. Having those conversations where everyone can be honest about what this innovation plan, flipped classroom with station rotation, will entail is the first step. This is vital change in instruction, that will make the classroom more catered to the individual student. Having a flipped classroom with station rotation will an environment where students will become self-learners and where students will take ownership of the learning
After we are all on the same page and focused on what the reason behind the innovation plan, I will need to be able to share what the vital behaviors and use the 6 sources of influence to make sure that they know what this innovation plan is not going to be. The real skills that are being taught in Crucial Conversations is going to come useful with the 4DX (4 Disciplines of Execution) Strategy/Plan. When I introduce the 4DX, I will be on the lookout for cues when conversations may turn for the worse. I want to make a safe comfortable environment where students can feel safe voicing their opinions. We are all familiar with this where we are afraid to say what is on our mind so we do not come across as not willing to participate change. I do not want my colleagues to feel that way. In order for to have a successful change, teachers, students, parents need to be able to have meaningful conversations. We all need to be able to explore our thoughts and voice them. They will also be able to contribute to the implementation of the innovation plan.
Anyone can be a leader, but to be a great leader takes someone who is able to take a crucial conversation and be able to put everyone be at ease. A great leader is able to make sure everyone’s voices are heard and make them feel like a crucial aspect in the innovation plan. I plan on shaping my conversations to include everyone and listen to their opinions to become the great leader necessary to make the innovation plan a success.
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