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The Wisdom of Leaders

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I had the privilege of being with a group of national leaders last week addressing complex issues such as shared leadership, strategic planning, capacity-building, equity, inclusion and organizational climate.

Uniquely these leaders committed to and nurtured a safe, engaging and collaborative environment for deliberations and decision-making. In addition to addressing these complex issues they co-facilitated workshops and hosted formal and informal conversations with leaders from the US and other nations.

Here are several lessons I learned from their experiences, wisdom, insights, struggles and strategies.
  • Shared leadership means all perspectives are taken into account in making decisions
  • Leadership requires a focus on identifying and nurturing the next set of leaders
  • Challenges are a normal part of an organization’s growth and development, what is important is how challenges are addressed and how corresponding strategies are assessed
  • Reflection is a critical component of individual and organizational development
  • Strategic planning is a dynamic process that informs and enhances the organization
  • Needs assessments might be helpful but more important is understanding the strengths of individuals and how to create effective teams
  • Awareness is about knowledge; adoption about practice; and advocacy is about action.
Oh yes, the national group of leaders I learned from is alumni and members of the Special Olympics Project UNIFY Youth Activation Committee ranging in age from 16 to 22. The final lesson for all of us to learn is that leadership is not defined nor bound by age, but by experiences, reflections and insights.

About the author: Terry Pickeral, president Cascade Educational Consultants has extensive experience in policy development, advocacy, education reform, youth leadership, teaching and learning strategies, education collaborations and civic development. His commitment is to ensuring schools create and sustain quality teaching and learning environments for all students to be successful in school and contribute to their communities as active principled citizens.
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