ERIC Number: ED431239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Giving School Leaders the Inner Edge.
Holmes-Ponder, Kathleen; Ponder, Gerald; Bell, Pandora
This paper presents ways to transform leadership by transforming leaders. It advocates an increased knowledge about self and a deeper connection with the purpose for living. It outlines the spiritual condition of school leaders and the importance of spiritual development. This increased spirituality is fostered by developing an awareness of spiritual influences, by assessing spiritual conditions, and by strengthening spiritual intelligence. The article offers tips for reconnecting the spirit with the work of teaching, such as reconnecting faculty with the feelings of power and spiritual joy that brought them to teaching and learning to begin with. It details four lessons for achieving renewed leadership, advocating letting go and moving toward the inner edge by identifying spiritual obstacles, such as grudges and negative feelings, and eliminating them. Leading authentically by sharpening the self-image, personality type, interpersonal needs, conflict styles, learning styles, change styles, and the ways that values are prioritized are all discussed. Leaders should hold an empowering inner mission in which they recognize the need to join together for a common purpose, where each person believes in the school's mission. Finally, a spirit of community can be developed when all staff members join together and engage in team-building activities. (RJM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (54th, San Francisco, CA, March 6-9, 1999).