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Leadership is more than a position. In my 19 years of experience in education, I've worked with and under a variety of principals. During that time, I saw what I deemed good and bad leadership but that was determined based on a superficial sense of how it affected me and how I saw it affect others. Over the past 3 years I've had the opportunity to think more deeply about school operations, participating in an intiative to develop student ownership and earning my principal certification. I'm reading leadership books and developing my personal learning network to include leaders in education and other fields. In other words, I'm developing a larger context and understanding of what leadership is about. As I do so, I'm finding a lot of commonality in what's being said. I understand now that leadership is so much more than just being the 'leader'; it requires vision, relationships, and intentional efforts. I think that so much more could be done if leadership is done right. I don't have all the answers, but I do see the issues around me when leadership is lacking. I'd like to see what can be done.


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