Traits of Effective 21st Century Educational Technology Leaders
What characteristics make a person a good leader? How can you identify 21st Century leaders in education? What should we look for in the 21st Century Educational Reform Initiatives? How will change take place effectively for today’s digitally connected students?
Traits of a Good Leader
- Honest — Display sincerity, integrity, and candor in all your actions. Deceptive behavior will not inspire trust.
- Competent — Base your actions on reason and moral principles. Do not make decisions based on childlike emotional desires or feelings.
- Forward-looking — Set goals and have a vision of the future. The vision must be owned throughout the organization. Effective leaders envision what they want and how to get it. They habitually pick priorities stemming from their basic values.
- Inspiring — Display confidence in all that you do. By showing endurance in mental, physical, and spiritual stamina, you will inspire others to reach for new heights. Take charge when necessary.
- Intelligent — Read, study, and seek challenging assignments.
- Fair-minded — Show fair treatment to all people. Prejudice is the enemy of justice. Display empathy by being sensitive to the feelings, values, interests, and well-being of others.
- Broad-minded — Seek out diversity.
- Courageous — Have the perseverance to accomplish a goal, regardless of the seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Display a confident calmness when under stress.
- Straightforward — Use sound judgment to make a good decisions at the right time.
- Imaginative — Make timely and appropriate changes in your thinking, plans, and methods. Show creativity by thinking of new and better goals, ideas, and solutions to problems. Be innovative!
Through resources and research I hope to provide you with some of the latest ed tech information to provide awareness, strategies and the necessary steps to transform you into innovative leaders of today’s educational institutions.
- Learning Point – an excellent organization that works in educational research
- AIR – School Improvement and Turnaround – Leadership is Vital
- Center for Applied Research in Ed. Technology – ISTE
- Center for Technology in Learning
- Center of Innovation and Improvement
- COSN – Consortium for School Networking
- Center for School Reform and Improvement
- AACE – Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
- Leadership Characteristics that Facilitate Change
- Educational Technology Leadership NETS A – 2009 – New National Education Tech. Standards
- ICT Research
- National School Board Assoc. Ed. Leadership Toolkit
- CoSN – Consortium for School Networking Youtube
- eSchool News Tech Savvy Superintendents
- Education for The 21st Century
- Center For Public Education – NSBA sponsored
- ASCD Educational Leadership
- Professional Leadership – Educational Competency Wheel By Microsoft
- School 2.0 eToolkit for Innovative Leadership
- TICAL – Technology Info. Center for Administrative Leadership a database full of resources
- NASSP – 10 Skills for Successful School Leaders
My Favorite Experts in Leadership
- Michael Fullan – Leading the Culture of Change - m fullan leading the culture of change
- Doug Reeves – Educational Leadership and Student Achievement
- Robert Marzano - 2nd Order Change
- Jim Collins From Good to Great Leaders – GtoG Diagnostic Tool Vision Framework
- Robert Greenleaf – Servant Leadership
Sites for School Reform and Improvement
- Center for School Reform and Improvement – an essential resource for building and sustaining school reform
- CSRI Newsletter – Designing Effective School Improvement Strategies
- McREL 21 Leadership Qualities - 30 Years of Research about the Effect of Leadership and Student Achievement>
Superintendents Need for Vision in the 21st Century
Empowering the 21st Century Superintendent