Keep Community at the Heart of Your Change Design

Conference: The Asian Conference on Education (ACE2021)
Title: Keep Community at the Heart of Your Change Design
Stream: Educational Policy, Leadership, Management & Administration
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Megan Sweet, Your 3 Eyes, United States


Creating effective teams, while also catalyzing each individual’s brilliance, is a delicate dance for any leader. In education settings, leaders must also navigate the complexities of their unique contexts and be responsive to changing expectations from local and state governments.
Servant Leadership is particularly effective for school leaders as it attends to individual needs while also focusing teams towards a common goal. Servant Leadership is associated with ten district qualities: listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, commitment to the growth of people, and building community. Servant leaders focus on others’ needs, such as team members and school communities, before their own. They put intentional effort on learning others’ perspectives and building community, invite participation in decision-making, and support their team to realize personal goals. Servant leadership has been shown to deepen trust and engagement, strengthens the relationships on the team, and is connected with innovative practices. There is also a growing body of research that suggests that servant leadership is particularly effective in school communities (Terosky and Reitano, 2016; Lynch 2019, Tasker-Mitchell, 2019).
In this hands-on workshop, we will explore ways that servant leadership and proactive community engagement enables leaders to empower their teams to thrive while also inspiring individuals to contribute their best efforts towards a shared vision for student success.

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