Last week, I heard a great little acronym - WAIT - Why am I talking? It struck me as a great message to use as a blog post. As leaders, we need - often - to ask ourselves this question. We need to think about why we are talking and when. When we're speaking, we're not listening....and listening is likely a much more valuable skill for leaders than talking.
Think about the five leadership competencies proposed by Ken Leithwood. Leaders:
- set direction and sustain vision
- build purposeful relationships
- develop people and the organization
- manage core business
- secure accountability
Bottom line.....ask WAIT. A bit more listening and a lot less talking can help you know your school/organization better. Ultimately, that will help you as a leader.