Sometimes my inspiration for a new blog post comes from educational websites, sometimes from personal conversations, and sometimes from news articles in the local paper. I also read other blogs to gain inspiration. That’s where this one came from — I recently read a post from a teaching colleague that motivated me to create my own short list of Star Wars Wisdom.
For those of you unfamiliar with my passion for Star Wars I should tell you that it is truly one of those past-times from my youth which has extended into my adult life. I get just as excited for the next Star Wars movie as I was for the last one.
As we close out another school year and head into the summer break it seems like a fitting time to discuss some important leadership lessons that I’ve learned over the years — and how Star Wars shares some of this wisdom:
We all have an internal voice — that messenger who continually talks to us and us alone. Mine tends to come around when I need to process stuff — when I’m trying to think about an appropriate pathway forward. However, it does occasionally speak up like this:
“If people would just see things my way, I’m pretty sure things would move along much more quickly. I’m a rational person, a calm person … someone who has a bunch of common sense.
Come on people … focus!”
I believe in it — transparency. I believe that it should be the cornerstone in any leader’s foundation. Transparency leads to consistency which leads to increasing trust from those in your organization. And to be an effective leader one needs to have the trust of those whom they hope to lead.
Leaders who are not transparent aren’t the kind of people we should be following. We can all probably think of people in leadership positions who change their words and actions depending on who they are speaking with at any particular moment. You never really know what they believe and as a result you lose faith in them, trust in them and belief in them to work with you to move an agenda forward. You likely give up at some point and strike out on your own with feelings of disillusionment and frustration. Continue reading