So let me explain my title: Belief in Yourself and Others, to Trust, to Success and Growth. Part of this blog may confuse you, or even make you feel a certain way about me. It is hard to explain if you don't know me or have not interacted with me. To help you out a bit here is where I come from briefly:
Chapter 1: ( I am not writing a book, I have no time for that) If you believe in yourself you will be able to convince other people to believe in you. As a leader, people need to be able to believe in you. I hear too much about lead learner, create a happy school, or some other stuff where all you do is compliment or model and people will follow. I don't think this happens. Being ernest does not mean you are a good leader. By that I mean, I see way too many that quote this or quote that and smile but have no substance. I ask online or face to face these leaders what they do and it is #edubabble
I believe in myself, I believe in what I am able to do. I am not perfect, I have faults, but I also have strengths. I have a lot of them, and I believe in them. One of my biggest strengths is that I will conquer over any problem or at the very least find a 3rd way. I can not even think of the last time I failed in this, yes I said fail, I don't believe in that word in this context... I don't close doors unless I want them closed, bottom line.
It all starts with belief and trust though. I also was a part of #satchat twitter and I got in a discussion about staff being happy. I argued that happy staff are not alway moving forward. I think being too happy with each other creates a climate of "not wanting to rock the boat", which is totally unhealthy for movement. Moving happy in a bad direction is happy, but still wrong. So don't create a happy culture, create a culture of trust. A culture that even if challenged, will know that discussions will occur, dissension may occur, but you trust that you will keep it professional. Open dialogue always equals growth.
Don't we need to question each other, with trust, to grow with them. Don't we owe them that? To me that is leadership. Creating a culture of trust leads to growth, by questioning each other and having belief in yourself, but also the process. Talk, Listen, Stop, Think, Question, Repeat....
I just changed my tag line... I questioned what I was doing to grow... With trust and belief that this was right.