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Educational Leadership takes a variety of elements, only one of which is personal charisma.
One needs a general vision for the institution with a clear vision of how it fits in the wider community. This requires a perception of what people need (perhaps before they do themselves), and a coherent strategy to meet those needs.
One also needs technical competence, at least some managerial and administrative ability, and a range of interpersonal skills, especially those relating to influencing others.
In the classroom as a teacher, your leadership doesn't depend on disciplines and a system of rewards and punishments. We call this "Organic Influence."
To improve your educational leadership, consider the following:
- Trust yourself; some level of self-confidence is essential.
- Experiment with your own teaching method
- Keep the good will of staff and students
- Look for the bigger picture and the mid to long-term future.
- Look to see whether anyone is following you. If they aren't, you're probably not leading anyone.
- In a debate, either take the lead with a unique contribution or keep quiet. Being one voice in a herd of sheep is not leadership.