Divergent EDU Chapter Four

Chapter 4: Leadership that Supports Divergent Thinking

Summary: Leadership encompasses anyone who uses their strengths to be the catalyst for change. Leadership can be shown in any role. Leaders exhibit certain qualities, and leaders in education build on those with additional characteristics that make them specifically educational leaders. Leaders cultivate trusting relationships with their colleagues. Sometimes, it takes a great amount of effort to remember how to act like a good leader when situations are difficult. Great leaders create change by influencing the people around them. They understand that control with compliance may get things done, but it will never create passionate followers who love their jobs. Leaders encourage divergent thinking and teaching.

Additional Resources:
10 Powerful Habits of Highly Effective Leaders by Peter Economy
Inside Quest Interview with Simon Sinek and Tom Bilyeu
Wisdom of a Third Grade Dropout by Rick Rigsby

Guiding Questions:

  1. Does your perception of your own strengths and weaknesses match everyone else’s reality?
  2. How can you work with others to realize their leadership strengths? Weaknesses?
  3. How is the leadership perceived overall in your district? Is there a way to improve this perception if necessary?
  4. How do you create buy-in amongst the leaders?
  5. How do you really feel about risk-taking? Does it differ if it’s you taking the risk versus someone else?