Expect the unexpected...

When I arrived at ISANNELEADS today, I had two choices for my blog post:  I could submit my writing today or Friday; I have not received my Meyers-Briggs results yet, but I am going to go ahead and guess that I am going to fall into the “judging” category since I prefer to work ahead of deadlines. J  I am looking forward to learning more about my Meyers-Briggs personality type as well as my FIRO-B assessment results, which I admittedly know very little about prior to this experience.  As a leader, I think that it is incredibly important to know your strengths and weaknesses so that you can accentuate the positives and strengthen the areas that do not come as naturally.  I am confident that what I learn will help me to do both of those things and ultimately make me a better leader and colleague when I return to work next month!

Today was a great start to the week; Pat Bassett’s presentations were very meaningful and thought provoking for me.  The last case study, “Adults Breaking Rules,” was really challenging, but also eye-opening.  I was in the one group that decided almost unanimously (sorry, Cynthia!) that we should do whatever we could to keep the pot-smoking faculty members.  We definitely grappled with the decision, but we all seemed to agree that to err is human; in hindsight, I can completely understand and appreciate that the correct decision was to get let them go.  This type of situation is really lose-lose, however, as leaders we have to make decisions that are best for our students, and in this case, letting the teachers go was likely the cleanest way to deal with the incident.  Unfortunately, based on my limited experience as an administrator, we need to expect the unexpected, and these types of problems arise periodically.  I liked the “Z” approach and the various “tests” we were asked to apply to the case studies; I thought that this was a helpful way to approach a difficult issue. 

In closing, there was one thing that Pat Bassett said today that resonated with me more than anything else, and that was, that to some degree all leaders sometimes feel like imposters.  I became an administrator at the age of 29 and have struggled with that feeling quite a bit as someone who has far less experience in education than many of the teachers that I work with on a daily basis.  It was comforting to know that I am not alone in that feeling, that it is normal, and that it isn’t necessarily the truth!

-Karin