My last post was about our Fabulous Fridays plans for this month. It was an all-inclusive staff celebration, thinking about them as a whole, and opportunities to celebrate together. It’s important to do things like that, but I also have to balance that with what each individual teacher needs to feel supported or appreciated. Learning each of their 64 styles and just how they need to feel supported is an ongoing goal, and one that can only be found if I take advantage of “moments”. I found out late Friday that one of most my instructionally sound teachers is also a HUGE sports talk radio fan, and that she has listened to the same morning show I have for about 13 years. What a HUGE connection piece that is for each of us!
Listening to hear, not to solve, or take action, but to understand…is easy to say in the big scheme of leadership things, but harder in the moment.
Sometimes your leadership can be strengthened, or weakened, in the moment. Someone in a leadership role must be adept at recognizing which moments are opportunities that allow you to build someone up, to reinforce someone’s strengths, rather than to prove a point. My thought now is that EVERY interaction is someone’s “moment.
One of the lessons this year has brought is how very important those moments are, and how really, it’s the little moments that make up the big picture.
My goal now is that I see each moment, each interaction, as an opportunity. Measuring each word is a skill, one that takes practice, and one that after seven months, I’m fine tuning.
May your moments be taken advantage of this week!