To be a leader means inspiring and empowering those around you to be the very best they can be. In education it is important that we view ourselves as part collaborative team. We all play a part in making that team perform effectively; to do that we must harness the strengths and diversity of the group. As a leader, you must lead by example, model the behaviors you wish to see and give ample opportunity for the people around you to learn. Most importantly, you must build and maintain positive relationships with open communication; from there stems the ability to create a positive working and learning environment, in which we can all feel safe to challenge ourselves.

My experience in leadership has been diverse. I am both passionate about, and have had the opportunity to be a leader in the following areas:

Part of my philosophy as a teacher and as a leader, is lifelong learning, this is the only way I can continue to grow as a professional and ask others to do the same. In addition to education I received through my Master of Education and Bachelor of Education degrees, I have also taken part in a plethora of professional development and other training opportunities. Specifically in regards to leadership, I took part in a program called “Exploring Leadership”, through Parkland School division in 2011/2012. The objectives were to promote discussion of current leadership concepts, increase leadership capacity and encourage future engagement in leadership programs. I learned a great deal through the program and have improved as a leader as a result.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

—John Quincy Adams

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

—John F. Kennedy

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.

—Jack Welch

A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.

—John Maxwell

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