ERIC Number: EJ995917
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Leading with Purpose and Passion: Keys to Effective Leadership in Career and Technical Education
Lacroix, Steve L.
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J3), v87 n6 p18-21 Sep 2012
Effective leaders in career and technical education (CTE) are not just visionaries. They are educational leaders who understand the mission clearly, can articulate the vision of the school, and will also do whatever it takes to accomplish and carry out that mission. They know their purpose and the reason for their assignment. These leaders are not just on the administration team, but many are also found inside the four walls of a classroom doing what they do best, instructional leadership. Many are also found being good stewards of the facility and doing whatever is necessary to maintain a clean, safe and sound facility that is conducive to learning, while promoting an environment that supports a first-class quality education. Effective leaders know their purpose for they are future-focused and destiny-minded. They lead with high expectations and set the tone for others to follow. They are purposeful, determined, persistent, persuasive, and intentional to their assignment. They will let nothing stand in the way of achieving the mission they set out to accomplish. They are the backbone and bloodline of CTE. The keys to being successful in any organization all stem from the core values, key principles, and belief system that is embedded in its mission and carried out by everyone associated with the organization. Everyone has some form of ownership in the organization, and everyone is responsible for its success or demise. These values and beliefs also hold true for those employed in CTE. It is the responsibility of those in leadership to instill these values and beliefs into everyone under their leadership, whether in a classroom, a school, or an entire school district. In this article, the author discusses the four keys to effective leadership in CTE: (1) attitude; (2) beliefs; (3) commitment; and (4) servant leadership.
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Leadership Effectiveness, Values, Instructional Leadership, Vocational Education, Leaders, Beliefs, Attitudes, Employees
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 800-826-9972; Tel: 703-683-3111; Fax: 703-683-7424; Web site: http://www.acteonline.org
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