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Leadership Qualities

describe the leadership qualities of individuals whom have had a positive impact on your life. Include personal leadership qualities you believe they posses and the qualities you like to develop as a teacher and leader. Give specific examples of situations that demonstrate these leadership qualities.

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Here is my personal experience and perspective with specific examples from my classroom based on what I shared about leadership qualities.
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For me, the one most important personal leadership quality is the genuine belief in the people who work with you, and the authentic belief that those people should be treated extremely well. The leaders who have had the most positive impact on my life understood that if those who work with you are truly valued, are allowed to be creative contributors, and are made to feel needed, important, comfortable, and satisfied with their jobs, they will always be far more productive.
The other leadership qualities of individuals whom have had a positive impact on my life are inspiring, determined, compassionate, spiritual, task driven but people oriented, equitable, confident, disciplined, team players, and are willing to share leadership where it best serves the goals of the team.
The best leaders lead by inspiring you, by sharing their positive characteristics to the degree where others want to rise to their occasion. Therefore, leaders must possess the qualities they are trying to incorporate into their team.
For me, one of the most important qualities you develop as a teacher leader is the genuine belief in the students who you work with, and the authentic belief that those students should be treated extremely well. The teachers who have had the most positive impact on my life understood that if the students you work with you are truly valued, are allowed to be creative contributors, and are made to feel needed, important, comfortable, and satisfied with the job they do daily, they will always be far more productive.
The other leadership qualities of teachers whom have had a positive impact on my life are inspiring, determined, compassionate, spiritual, task driven but people oriented, equitable, confident, disciplined, team players, and are willing to share leadership where it best serves the goals of the students learning.
I have a business card for the teaching and tutoring work I do, and it says "Teaching &Tutoring, Providing help for students from the head AND from the heart!" This is what I think a good leader does, provides leadership from the head and from the heart. This is what I think a good teacher does. A good teacher is a leader who makes anything possible via inspiration, imagination, encouragement, insight, motivation, compassion, caring, and a connection with his or her students. An excellent teacher leader must appeal to both the head and the heart because teachers and leaders are dealing with whole human beings who need to feel that what they think about is valued.
This is the way I approach my leadership role in my classroom. I spend the first part of the school year establishing clear boundaries and building connections with my students while we are still reviewing previously learned material. Then by the time I am introducing new material, the bond has already been established, and the students feel secure in the fact that they are valued and can focus on thinking about the new material they need to learn. Higher level learning is only possible when all of your other needs are met. Do you remember Maslow's hierarchy?

Here are every human needs in order:

1st Physiological needs - Breathing, Thirst, Hunger, Sleep, Sex
2nd Security need - Physical Safety - freedom from attack - freedom from anxiety and fear
3rd Social need - Interaction with People - belonging, affection, love
4th Psychological Safety Need - Self-esteem, reputation, status
a. Cognitive Needs - Need to know and Understand
b. Aesthetic Need - The need for Order and Symmetry
5th Fulfillment and Self-Actualization Need

http://www.google.com/search?q=maslow's+hierarchy+of+needs+chart&hl=en&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=iRS1TcGnHonSsAOkk4X-Cw&sqi=2&ved=0CBgQsAQ&biw=1016&bih=518

A good teacher leader creates an environment where everyone can perform at his or her absolute best!
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Here are 50 defining characteristics of people who choose to lead exceptionally, authentically, and positively.
A connection could easily be made to education and being a teacher leader for each one of the characterisitics
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50 Defining Characteristics of Exceptional, Authentic, and Positive Executives
http://livingwithcertainty.com/2011/03/30/50-defining-characteristics-of-exceptional-authentic-and-positive-executives-2/

How do you become inspired and motivated to approach your life and career with the utmost purpose, productive action, passion, and positivity? The defining characteristics of the most successful fulfilled, and joyous individuals - including top-flight executives, entrepreneurs, and championship team players - are about far more than the leadership style they've adopted or the persona they've assumed in order to assimilate more effectively into a particular organization and its culture. The actual qualities that make someone truly extraordinary are far more intrinsic to who they are as individuals and encompass myriad thoughtful, ingrained approaches to their life and career.

Many of the principles and precepts that create extraordinary personal lives should also permeate one's professional approach if you are to live authentically and purposefully. The "best of the best" executive talent understands and integrates both personal and professional success principles, and they know how to assimilate and interchange these approaches throughout their lives in a way that unlocks and stimulates creativity, leverages passion, fulfills purpose, elicits development, and brings meaning. They do not reserve their deepest, most profound and strategic thinking only for work because those who live the most fulfilling lives don't garner their joy merely from work - they thrive upon the totality of well-rounded lives and reap significant pleasure from both the professional and personal aspects of their lives.

How have they done this? Very simply, individuals who are extremely satisfied with their career progress, who are surrounded by family and other healthy relationships that bring forth their life's greatest joy, and who live their lives with resounding positivity and meaning, typically took the time very early on to discover their life's passions, purpose, and priorities. And since that time, they have kept these priorities defined, focused, and squarely in front them, providing guidance and clarity as they moved along their life path. They put the pieces of their life together so that their thoughts, actions, talents, relationships - even expressions of gratitude - remained centered around their deepest authenticity - who they are and what they are all about, whether they are on or off the "stage."

50 Traits of Positive, Exceptional Leaders:
1. They understand the immense, overarching importance and necessity of figuring out their life's purpose. They have carved out time for this significant contemplation, and consider the understanding of what they are on Earth to do and accomplish to be the most useful discovery of their life. They are committed to the expression of their purpose, believing that the purpose of their life is, in fact, to apply their purpose every single day. Not surprisingly, the people who make life's most significant discoveries and contributions are those who have embraced their unique gifts and have confidently, creatively expressed their purposeful authenticity in an imitable way. A life of greatness is a life of purpose. You are sure to wander aimlessly and build a life around the wrong targets (leading to inevitable feelings of emptiness, angst, and wanting down the road) if you don't get very clear about your purpose.
2. They are able to articulate with extraordinary vision and specificity what success means for them - how it feels and what it looks like in their life. They know where they want to ...

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One most important personal leadership quality is the genuine belief in the people who work with you, and the authentic belief that those people should be treated extremely well. The leaders who have had the most positive impact on my life understood that if those who work with you are truly valued, are allowed to be creative contributors, and are made to feel needed, important, comfortable, and satisfied with their jobs, they will always be far more productive.
The other leadership qualities of individuals whom have had a positive impact on my life are inspiring, determined, compassionate, spiritual, task driven but people oriented, equitable, confident, disciplined, team players, and are willing to share leadership where it best serves the goals of the team.
The best leaders lead by inspiring you, by sharing their positive characteristics to the degree where others want to rise to their occasion. Therefore, leaders must possess the qualities they are trying to incorporate into their team.
For me, one of the most important qualities you develop as a teacher leader is the genuine belief in the students who you work with, and the authentic belief that those students should be treated extremely well. The teachers who have had the most positive impact on my life understood that if the students you work with you are truly valued, are allowed to be creative contributors, and are made to feel needed, important, comfortable, and satisfied with the job they do daily, they will always be far more productive.
One of the most important qualities you develop as a teacher leader is the genuine belief in the students who you work with, and the authentic belief that those students should be treated extremely well. The teachers who have had the most positive impact on my life understood that if the students you work with you are truly valued, are allowed to be creative contributors, and are made to feel needed, important, comfortable, and satisfied with the job they do daily, they will always be far more productive.
The other leadership qualities of teachers whom have had a positive impact on my life are inspiring, determined, compassionate, spiritual, task driven but people oriented, equitable, confident, disciplined, team players, and are willing to share leadership where it best serves the goals of the students learning.
I have a business card for the teaching and tutoring work I do, and it says "Teaching &Tutoring, Providing help for students from the head AND from the heart!" This is what I think a good leader does, provides leadership from the head and from the heart. This is what I think a good teacher does. A good teacher is a leader who makes anything possible via inspiration, imagination, encouragement, insight, motivation, compassion, caring, and a connection with his or her students. An excellent teacher leader must appeal to both the head and the heart because teachers and leaders are dealing with whole human beings who need to feel that what they think about is valued.
This is the way I approach my leadership role in my classroom. I spend the first part of the school year establishing clear boundaries and building connections with my students while we are still reviewing previously learned material. Then by the time I am introducing new material, the bond has already been established, and the students feel secure in the fact that they are valued and can focus on thinking about the new material they need to learn. Higher level learning is only possible when all of your other needs are met. Do you remember Maslow's hierarchy?

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