Leaders are usually highly-educated people that have no fear of difficulties in their daily life. There are some common traits and habits that these people are obligated to have to be an example for the ones who they teach. These qualities of the most productive people in Educational Media are to be discussed below.
The most Meaningful Leadership Traits
The most meaningful leadership traits for me are hidden in the word HABIT. It is an abbreviation for humility, authenticity, bravery, intention, and tenacity (Coatney, 2013). Humility is a quality that every leader cannot survive without. It is a well-known fact that one person is not able to know everything in the world. Well, sometimes it is better to stay quiet rather than talk about unknown things and pretend that you are the smartest person in the room.
It is a fundamental trait for today’s leaders to be authentic because students pay close attention to every word that was said in public (Covey, 2014). There is no doubt that being an educational leader is a tough thing to do, and only brave people can be reliable, which is crucial for students to see in their professors.
I have outlined some leadership habits that I would like to adopt as a future leader. One of them is defining the most important things in one’s daily life, career, and actual tasks (Fairhurst, & Connaughton, 2014). Sometimes it is tough for me to concentrate on a single task, and I start to pay attention to less meaningful things, which makes my work less efficient and productive. Another habit that I would like to adopt is focusing on the goals instead of processes – a lot of students get involved in the process of different tasks so much that they do not see a wise purpose for an accomplishment (Johnston, 2013). That edge between understanding the goal and diving into the process of work is very thin and always has to be determined on time.
As a future educational leader, I would like to give some recommendations on traits and habits that my colleagues cannot live and work without. First things first, leaders have to understand the continuance of time and operate it well (Moreillon, 2013). There were a lot of cases when leaders did not know a proper way of completing their tasks on time because they are not acquainted with the time-management basis. Moreover, a true leader has to be forethoughtful – he or she has to evaluate their team members’ and students’ thoughts, needs, and actions.
In my opinion, if a person is responsible for oneself and for the job that he or she is doing, one will become a perfect leader in the future. All these qualities are not that hard to gain – it is just a matter of having a constant fellowship with the right people (Northouse, 2016). It is always the right thing to keep in touch with people who are more experienced than you are, and who are professionals in their educational careers. Such people know all the secrets of being an effective leader and running an educational process.
A good leader makes people want to follow his or her ideas and then becomes an example for one’s team or class. Looking at their leader, students have to understand their goals in their life or career and have to see, what aspects of their actions are to be improved.
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