While I was pondering about what to write in my Power of Story Part 2, I was stimulated by this post of matters of the heart referred by Stephen Downes in his OLDaily
I pulled these from Fullan’s new book, Motion Leadership (2010).
1. We must recognize the politics of emotions that energize behaviors.
2. The change strategy cannot create victims.
3. The problem must be named and confronted.
4. Leaders must exemplify the expected standards of behavior.
5. We must engage emotionally with students in their world.
6. Teachers and principals themselves are sometimes actors.
7. The environment must accommodate risk. (Jansen, 2009b, p.189)
I would like to know the basis behind these “principles of leadership”, and here I am posting my comments and questions:
1. What are the politics of emotions? What are those emotions that energize behaviors? What is the relationship between leadership and behaviorism?
2. The change strategy cannot create victims. Is this an oxymoron? Every change strategy creates winners, in accordance to leadership. Otherwise, who would follow? But who are the victims, who are the losers? The strategy CANNOT create victims, but it CAN create winners and victims. History tells us that there is no guarantee of no victims created out of any change strategy. But great leaders do change the world
Were those leaders crazy? REALLY? Who changed the world? They were the great leaders, the real leaders who walk the talk.
3. Why must the problem be named and confronted? Are problems well-defined? In whose names are those problems named? Who name the problems? In a leadership situation, is the leader the first to name the problem? Or the last?
4. Leaders must exemplify the expected standards of behavior – wow, that is the tribal approach, sure! The tribal leader would determine what standards of behavior would be praised, rewarded, amplified, or show as an exemplary to all followers, or would declare such behaviors as the heroic action in the tribal manifestation. Magnificent motto!
5. We must engage emotionally with students in their world – wow! Are leaders emotional counselors or “manipulators” of their students? Of course students are emotional humans, just like their teachers. So what is the role of the teacher in their students’ emotional journey?
6. Teachers and principals themselves are sometimes actors. What sort of actors? Why? How to act?
7. The environment must accommodate risk. What sort of risks should be accommodated? How about internet safety?
and this one?
Are we (both educators and students) safe in a virtual online environment?
I then read on about this site on distance educator where Saba would separate facts from fiction
My question: Really? How?
This stimulated me to reflect back on the Critical Thinking Skills needed, this time on leadership.
Is leadership all about relationship and emotions? How about critical thinking in leadership? No?