A leader. If someone would have told me that I would be leading ANYTHING, two years ago, I would have laughed in their faces. But here I am, with a greater understanding of what a leader truly is. I have learned that as educators, we are all leaders in our own right. I did not come to this realization until I had been out of the classroom for a while. I had always thought of a leader as a “boss”, and I am only the boss of myself.
Through many experiences over the past year and a half, I have since changed my idea of what a leader is. I am currently in a weird paradox, as I am a teacher, but I am also on the other side of the fence as I provide support to others. I know I am not an “official” leader, but at times feel I am. I am constantly wavering back and forth.
To me, a leader is someone who sees potential in people and fosters and grows those people to be better than their current selves. A leader is someone who risks and grows alongside others. A leader is someone who celebrates and encourages as well as supports and values. Leadership is built on trust, relationships and actions. When I reflect back on all of my years of teaching, that was me (or at least it was my intent) for my students.
My hope is that this is me, now, for the people I encounter and work with in my current job. My hope is that with every interaction, I can provide that encouragement, support, trust and relationship. I know I am constantly learning and growing with every, situation and interaction. This has been a long journey of discovery for me, but it has been well worth it.
How did I get here...and where will I go? Who will join me on this journey?
Mother, teacher, TOSA, GCE Level 1 & 2, Encourager of others.
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