Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Seven Attributes of Successful Diocesan Educational Leadership

Leadership and Strategic Vision
An outline of a Diocesan Catholic Schools based on 21st Century Leadership Expectations.

Only with the conviction that it is God’s work being done with the assistance of Divine Providence can we as Catholic educators see the future of Catholic schools: a future, filled with hope and a mission filled with purpose.

 1) Leadership that is strategic, visionary and collaborates with:
  • Mission-Centric Stakeholders
  • Board Members
  • Teachers/Principal/Pastors
  • Educational Trends/Experts

 2) Leadership develops 3-year initiatives that are:
  • Communicated/Planned
  • Supported and Tracked
  • Implemented and Revised
  • Evaluated and updated

3) Leadership that is inspirational and intentional…
  • Focuses on Mission
  • Focuses on Solutions
  • Focuses on Success 

 4) Leadership that is collaborative…
  • Develops communication with teachers
  • Encourages partnerships with principals
  • Relies on the influence and expertise of board members
  • Fosters partnerships with business/tech companies  

5) Leadership that identifies talent in the field will…
  • Showcase & reward expertise in the field
  • Invite colleagues to serve as mentors/presenters to colleagues
  • Encourage and develop new leadership
  • Identify thought-leaders in area to partner in Mission 

6) Leadership that asks teachers/principals what they need to be successful will…
  • Localize intervention by having sites assess local needs
  • Mitigate challenges by leveraging diocesan talent
  • Minimize unnecessary initiatives that dilutes focus 

7) Leadership that customizes professional development will…

  • Assess needs that are locally identified
  • Categorize common needs to provide adequate services
  • Allocate funds directly to local sites
  • Empower local staff to own professional development