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Title: Do you have what it takes to be an Effective Leader?

Do you have what it takes to be an Effective
Science Department Deborah A. Romine Teacher
Leader Professional Development Activity
Are You a Leader? Motivating
  • Describe what it is to be a good leader
  • Determine whether or not your leadership skills
    are effective for the role you play within the
    classroom, on the field or in administration.
  • Outline a list of skills that could be developed
    upon or implemented that would improve your
    current leadership skills.

Why is this important?
  • It is important to how to be a good leader
    whether in the classroom, on the field or in an
    administrative position
  • Leaders need to be able to identify with their
    students, players and or faculty members.
  • Good leaders need to be able to motivate and

What will we accomplish our goal?
  • Understand what it takes to be a good leader.
  • Analyze and evaluate your own leadership skills.
  • Determine what steps are necessary to become a
    better leader in your particular role within the
    classroom, on the field or within administration.

What makes a good leader?
  • What characteristics go in to being a good
  • Are you a good leader?
  • What kind of leader are you?
  • Lets find out!

Answer the following questions, keeping in mind
what you have done, or think you would do, in the
situation. Answer each question YES or NO.
  • 1. DO you enjoy the authority leadership brings?
  • 2. Generally, do you think it is worth the time
    and effort for a leader to explain the reasons
    for a decision or policy before putting the
    policy into effect?
  • 3. Do you tend to prefer the planning functions
    of leadership, as opposed to working directly
    with the employees?
  • 4. A stranger comes into your work area, and you
    know the person is a new employee. Would you
    ask, What is your name? rather than introduce
  • 5. Do you keep employees up to-date on a
    regular basis on developments affecting the work
  • 6. Do you find that in giving out assignments,
    you tend to state the goals, leaving the methods
    up to your employees.
  • 7. It comes tome to decide about a company
    event. You have heard that the majority prefer
    it on Wednesday, but you are pretty sure Thursday
    would be better for all concerned. Would you put
    the question to a vote rather than make the
    decision yourself?
  • 8. If you had your way, would you make
    communication sessions employee-initiated, with
    personal consultations held only at the
    employees request?
  • 9. Do you think leaders should keep aloof from
    employees, because in the lone run familiarity
    breeds lessened respect?
  • 10. Do you favor the use of audits and
    performance evaluations as a way of keeping work
    standards high?
  • 11. Do you feel that you should be friendly with
  • 12. After considerable time, you determine the
    answer to a tough problem. You pass along the
    solution to your employees, who poke it full of
    holes. Would you be annoyed that the problems is
    still unsolved, rather than become upset with the
  • 13. Do you agree that one of the best ways to
    avoid problems of discipline is to provide
    adequate punishment for violation of rules?
  • 14. your way of handling a situation is being
    criticized by your employees. Would you try to
    sell your viewpoint, rather than make it clear
    that , as supervisor, your decisions are final?
  • 15. Do you generally eave it up to your
    employees to contact you, as far as informal, day
    to day communications are concerned?
  • 16. Do you feel that everyone in your group
    should have a certain amount of personal loyalty?
  • 17. Do you favor the practice of using task
    force teams and committees?
  • 18. Some experts say that difference of opinion
    within a work group is healthy others say it
    indicates basic flaws in the management process.
    DO you agree with the first view?

Scoring Place a checkmark next to each question you answered yes. Add the check marks for each column to find the totals for the leadership style you prefer.
Directive Participative Free - Rein
1. 2. 3.
4. 5. 6.
7. 8. 9.
10. 11. 12.
13. 14. 15.
16. 17. 18.
Total Total Total
Interpretation Your highest score indicates your preferred leadership style. What does it mean?
Directive Style Participative Style Free- Rein Style
Max Use of Authority Maximum Area of Freedom of Followers
Leader decides what is to be done Presents decisions Allows no questions No opposing views Leader attempts to convince followers of rightness of decisions Leader-Centered Decision Making Leader announces principles Sets forth decision making BUT Allows questions, ideas, discussions from followers Leader presents problems and ASKS followers ideas BUT makes final decisions based on input Leaders and Followers Share Decision Making Leader presents problem with boundaries Followers make final decisions Followers have as much freedom as leader has to define problem and make decision Follow-Centered Decision Making
Range of Behavior
Participative Style
Free-Rein Style
Directive Style
Follower Emphasis
Work Group Emphasis
Leader Emphasis
What does this mean?
  • Are you a take charge kind of person or are you
    able to give up control and become more of a
    moderator and allow your team to take the lead?
  • Is your leader / follower team compatible?
  • These are important questions to find answers to
    in order for a team, department, faculty or
    community to become successful.

Key points to remember
  • Preferred Learning styles
  • Developed over time
  • Learned from others
  • Modeled
  • Formal training
  • Personal Experience
  • Leading style usually mirrors the following style
  • If they conflict, patience needed with decision
    making, goal setting and communication
  • Success has been found at all ends of the
  • Thomas Jefferson (Participative)
  • Dwight Eisenhower (Free-Rein)
  • Elizabeth I (Directive)
  • No one universal style of leadership
  • Depends on the employees

Old vs. New
  • Leaders today need to empower, inspire and
    motivate their teams
  • They need to be able to move away from orders,
    managing, implementing plans and doing things
  • Its more important to do the right thinga good
    leader knows the difference!

Key to Good Leadership
  • How do we get there from here?

Weaknesses negative characteristics current
Strengths positives characteristics of current
Opportunities List opportunities for Leadership
Threats List potential threats for / to
SWOT Analysis
What did we find out about our current leadership?
The Basic Keys to Good Leadership
  • Vision
  • Awareness
  • Integrity
  • Influence
  • Attitude
  • Evolving
  • Learning
  • Connecting
  • Empowering Others

  • Do you know where you are going to go?
  • Establish realistic goals
  • Is it clear to yourself and those that follow?
  • Does the vision motivate / inspire your
  • There has to be buy-in from the community in
    order to be successful
  • Are these the right goals?
  • Know how to determine what is best for the
    community or where or who to turn to find the
  • Good leaders know their limitations
  • Is this the right time?
  • Are we headed in the right direction?

Vision v. Mission
  • Differentiate the two
  • Vision What you want or where you want to be
  • Mission How you plan on getting where you want
    to be

Awareness and Connection
  • How aware are you of what is going on in your
  • Your followers, students players should be
    encouraged, motivated
  • They should have a sense of belonging or
  • Be aware of your own strengths and limitations
  • Delegate if and when it becomes necessary
  • Do you know what the needs and wants of your
    community are versus what they likes and
  • There is a difference between wanting something
    and needing something
  • Leaders differentiate

Awareness and Connection cont.
  • Communicate sincerely with your community
  • Open door
  • Dictatorship?
  • Is there a sense of belonging among your
    community members?
  • Listen to your community
  • Feedback is important
  • Is feedback well received or encouraged?
  • Are your followers afraid to speak openly?

  • Lets take a minuteput your head down and answer
    the following questions by a show of hands
  • How many are still passionate about their jobs?
  • How many feel inspired by their leaders?
  • How many feel like you are encouraged for
  • Lets take a look at the following from Ken
    Blanchardinteresting statistics in the first

  • No integrityno trust
  • Trust builds respect
  • Respect to loyalty and loyalty to action among
    the community
  • This is from the top to the bottom and the bottom
    to the top

Ten Leadership QualitiesHow do I (You)
Rate?Score each trait on a scale of 1 10 1
low, 10 high.
  • 1. vision
  • 2. ability
  • 3. enthusiasm
  • 4. stability
  • 5. concern for others
  • 6. self-confidence
  • 7. persistence
  • 8. vitality
  • 9. charisma
  • 10. integrity

100 - 90 Excellent exceptional
89 80 High very good
79 70 Average needs improvement
69 60 Low much work needed
59 and below Deficient poor
Influence and Attitude
  • A good leader is able to motivate followers and
    influence them to want to follow
  • How is this accomplished?
  • Do you know when you are negatively affecting
    your community?
  • Need a positive spin
  • Attitude should reflect positively on the
  • Do you act or react to a situation?
  • Learn to listen, wait and then speak

Evolving / Learning
  • Positive reinforcement strengthens morale
  • Be able to recognize the need for change DESPITE
    the fact it goes against tradition
  • Good leaders do not know everything and are able
    to recognize the constant need to empower
    themselves with knowledge
  • How does your personality enable or hinder your
    leadership abilities?
  • Interpersonal Style Questionnaire
  • Take about 15 minutes to read and answer the
  • questionnaire. Score your responses and
    determine what type of interpersonal
    communication best suits you.

How accurate were your findings?
  • Traditional (T)
  • High standards
  • Tradition
  • Participative (P)
  • Care about people
  • Serve others
  • Individualistic (I)
  • Love freedom
  • Independent

Would it not be best to have a combination from
all three to be the most effective leader
Empower Others
  • Probably the most important
  • Builds our strength
  • Build confidence in team members
  • Enable them to lead
  • Find their strengths and capitalize on them
  • Enable the them to grow

Is there need for empowerment in your community?
  • Answer the following
  • Do people seem uninterested in their work?
  • Are absenteeism or turnover rates too high?
  • Do people lack loyalty and team spirit?
  • Is there a lack of communication among
    individuals and groups?
  • Is there a low level of pride?
  • Are costs too high as a result of waste and
  • Does the quality of product or quality of service
    need improvement?

If the answer was yes to any of the previous
questionsempowerment of your community can help!
How do we Empower?
  • Trust the people you work with and that work for
  • Invest in your peoplethey are the lifeline of
    the community
  • Recognize accomplishments dont just point out
    when mistakes are made
  • Delegate responsibility for decision making to
    those affected most by the decisions
  • Model the fact that working together accomplishes
  • Communication is key!

Example of a Good Leader
  • How is Principal Dawson exemplifying good
    leadership qualities? List and Explain.
  • How could she improve her leadership skills?

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