Leading during turbulence is about caring for and connecting with the people we lead. It’s about creating spaces for curiosity and emotion to surface so healing can begin. We can use the SEL competencies we teach our students to begin the work and ensure we are on the right path.
Supporting female and culturally diverse leaders takes conscious efforts to lead inclusively and address and dismantle hidden biases. It also means actively looking for ways to inspire their best.
When central office leaders spend time as guest teachers, we are better positioned to learn about and address the ins and outs related to systemic equity in the district we lead.
It’s been years since that article came out, but I can recall the sentiment with great clarity. It left an imprint on my memory, as it was the first time I had ever experienced such strong emotions as a professional.