Reflecting on leadership style

Educational leadership is the basis of any educational process, as it defines parameters, directs and organises efforts in order to improve and achieve educational goals. In fact, correct leadership behaviour is key to the success of an educational institution or any institution for that matter. An effective leader is one who inspires their employees to strive for better results, helps them to understand the complexities of varying subject, clarifies visions, and cultivates in them the spirit of independence, initiative and self-confidence. With that said a leader should try to encourage communication between them and employees. Furthermore, a leader must take care of the needs and atmosphere of a working ecosystem, thus providing an appropriate environment for the learning and teaching processes.

It should be mentioned that the educational leader must have a set of mental, social, emotional and ethical qualities that are pivotal in shaping their role as an educational leader efficiently and successfully. However, leadership does not mean a leader can tread on others, give orders, or control their employees. Admittedly, successful leader can achieve progress through staunch encouragement pf the group to achieve their goals, This of course includes coordinating the efforts of its members and  embracing positive interaction within the group, understanding certain sets of circumstances and encouraging them, notably, improving motivation and maintaining their cohesion while working to achieve the highest levels of professional performance according to their capabilities and abilities that co-exists within an atmosphere of democracy and humanity.

In fact, behavioural resilience is one of the most crucial characteristics that a leader should possess and develop. This, while making sure that their moral flexibility towards different matters firmly maintains their position as a leader. After attending a lecture pertaining to leadership ethics earlier this month, I have understood that one of the greatest and most difficult leadership qualities for a leader to attain is a strong and prevalent quality of resilience and determination in any given work environment. When current events take unexpected turns, it is important to approach these challenges with resolve and resilience. Of course, it is this resilience that allows the collective move forward through even the toughest of work or personal conflicts in new ways, even when the future seems shrouded in doubt. In review, we can say that resilient leadership helps individuals, organizations, and even countries to recover from disasters. A leader who instils resilience is a leader who encourages us during crises, when times are most turbulent and when we doubt our capabilities. Flexible leadership inspires us to go places we would never have gone to and try to work on things we would never have dared to do before.

From here, I can confirm that the characteristics of resilience are important to be present in the leader due to nature and complexity of their work inside and outside the educational organization or any other organization for that matter. Of course, the leader is the one responsible for issuing decisions, but at the same time they must be prepared for the changes and momentary circumstances that need a sharp mind, flexibility and intuition. Exceptional leaders are adept at handling stress and balancing their personal and professional lives. However, as a leader you must also remember the importance of flexibility and being able to respond to individuals and events in an appropriate manner. Remember to maintain self-control and discipline while doing so. From my point of view and my research into this matter, I believe that flexibility is a gift, which may be acquired with age. Yesterday’s young man, who is reckless in making decisions and confused when facing difficulties or a new matter contrasts a careful leader who studies all possibilities and participates with others, believing in the success of this is fundamental. On the other hand, you may find that the trait of resilience develops with a leader from a young age and almost seems to be from their parents until such practice became a habit. Therefore, it can be said that moral flexibility is a gift to those operating under it, especially the leaders, as they were chosen because they are distinguished from others by qualities and morals that make them the people of when they were chosen for them.

By Nadia

A mother of three kids and an international postgraduate student at Newcastle University. "The kindest thing you can do for someone else listens without forming an opinion."

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