Edumacational leadership 101 – Modelling

As a educational leader I find myself in a variety of contexts and engaging with a variety of personalities. To me this is a post of “obvious” but from a range of experiences in the last few weeks, maybe what is obvious to me, is not obvious too all? How we behave (proactively and reactively) defines how others view and engage with us but also define the culturally acceptable behaviours those around us have for each other.

Reactive modelling as mocked in the video is about being self-aware, we all have “moments” it just part of being human. It’s how we treat those around us during the moments and our daily routines that define our team culture. What real leadership is about, is proactive modelling through your daily routine. Your day to day behaviour and engagement with others will have a bigger impact on your team/school than any professional learning you ever deliver.

Examples of proactive modelling you should put in your weekly calendar:

  • Intentionally engage in learning focused conversations publicly, let everyone see what a positive and solutions focused learning conversation looks like
  • Every email you send should model professional and collegial communication, a significant majority of teachers email is rubbish and negative in tone, show them what a positive email looks like.
  • Make transparent decisions, you want others to learn the process as much as the outcome
  • Ask intelligent and solutions focused questions in meetings, set the tone for the type of questions you want to see
  • Plan not to dominate the floor, empower others to lead in your presence, especially when you are seen as the subject matter expect
  • Only use inclusive language

Examples of reactive negative modelling to specifically avoid:

  • Talking negatively about students in professional spaces
  • Responding to aggressive emails, just click delete
  • Talking about interpersonal issues between teachers publically, do it privately
  • Having a bad day, stay home or stay quiet
  • Talking down to others, everyone deserves dignity and respect

How you behave is what others expect from you, behave like a clown and expect to be treated like a clown. Is it really this hard?

3 thoughts on “Edumacational leadership 101 – Modelling

  1. This is a great post! I really liked your video. I agree with you 100%, if you act like a clown, you’ll be treated like one. It is not that hard to act professional, and have a good attitude. Your examples of proactive and reactive modelling were perfect. They were straight to the point.

  2. Hello,
    I enjoyed reading your post and I agree with what you have to say. It is irritating that it is so easy for us to let our personal lives intervene with our professional ones. As you said “Having a bad day, stay home or stay quiet.” Respect and constructive criticism when there’s a problem is necessary to maintain a healthy work environment, or a proper relationship between a teacher and a student. I understand your ideas about proactive and reactive modeling, and I could relate to all of the examples.

  3. Personally, I don’t think it’s healthy for girls that young to be moeildng. Since she is tall and slender, she can also play basketball, too. You should have her wait until she is at least 16 .and waiting till 18 and finished high school even better. If she has the look at 13, she’ll have at 18, too. Don’t waste your time with any so-called moeildng schools or model searches that have their meetings at hotels in small towns. Most of those are either scams or just glorified charm schools. Contact the actual agencies in NY or Miami or Los Angeles. A regular polaroid will do fine..and if they ask for money to create a portfolio RUN! It’s a scam.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>