As leaders, one of our roles is to set direction for those we lead. We articulate the vision and mission of our schools/organizations and then sustain the focus of the work that flows from the vision and mission. On a day-to-day basis, our role is to ensure that everyone in the school/organization sustains their commitment to the work, engages in learning to support the work, and demonstrates continuous improvement in doing the work and delivering results.
This is all well and good for our staff. But what about us as leaders? Do we actually do what we say we believe in? Do our words align with our actions. It's very easy to inform others of their work responsibilities, their need to commit to ongoing learning, and to demonstrate ever-improving results. But do we do the same? Are we willing to do what we ask of our staff members? If not, our words ring hollow - and people see through them.
Remind yourself every once in a while - especially when you are providing direction to your staff - to ask yourself these questions:
- Am I willing to do this work too?
- How do I demonstrate in tangible ways the commitment that I wish to see in all staff members?
- Do my words align with my actions?
- Do I model what I profess to believe in?
- If I pause at any moment in time, could I honestly say that what I am doing aligns with the direction I've set and the mission and vision I espouse?