“The legacy of a leader is not in what they do, but what the people they serve do because of their leadership.“– George Couros
My colleague Jeff Nelson (@jeffnelsonTLI) tweeted this out a while back:
Contemplating his first question, reminded me of a video I wrote a post about back in August of pop singer Jessie J’s interaction with a young fan who she brought up on stage to sing with her at a concert in Romania (click here to view the video). There are a ton of these types of moments between a singer/band and a fan posted online but this one really stuck out to me. Really good teaching looks like what we see Jessie J doing throughout this exchange!
In the clip we not only see many parallels of a master teacher and a student as I shared in my original blog post, we can also see examples of what effective support looks like and what great instructional leadership looks, feels, and sounds like!
I decided to share the video with my colleagues on our Teaching, Learning, and Innovation team. Before viewing the video I asked the team, “What does really good support of the staff we serve look like?” Click here to view our answers! After viewing the video we added a few more things to that list.
I repeated the same activity with our building principals with the essential question being, “What does really good instructional leadership look, sound, and feel like?” Here are their perspectives on that question. They also had new things to add after watching that video and we engaged in a wonderful conversation around how Jessie J surveyed the crowd looking for the fan that she would be bringing up on the stage. What was she looking for? What caused the timing to be just right for this moment for that young fan? What steps did Jessie J take to ensure success and be there in the small moments of failure that caused the fan to have the courage to carry on? How did she masterfully build relationship with her “student” so that she KNEW she could succeed? How does the example we fall connect with our roles within a teacher’s inquiry cycle?
…and that brings me back to the George Couros quote at the beginning of this post. “The legacy of a leader is not in what they do, but what the people they serve do because of their leadership.” Whether we’re teachers, support staff, or instructional leaders how is our leadership serving others in such a way that they take on new & courageous journeys. Who are our next “superstars” just waiting for us to recognize something within them and encourage them to take a new leap?
Who is out there waiting on me?