Leaning Into Technology
As I started my school leadership career, I was confident on the outside yet still learning about myself and about the leadership of others on the inside. In hindsight, I probably had just the right mix of doubt and the necessary confidence to lead well. I have talked to many school leaders who started out the same way, and they have been relieved to hear they weren’t alone in the paradox of knowing just enough to understand that there was a lot they didn’t know. This book, if anything, gives you—the school leader—permission to take focused risks, make mistakes, and most importantly, learn from those mistakes. Understanding that you don’t fully know all the answers—and never will—is a paradox of leadership wisdom and an actual strength of PLC school leaders.
In Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton (2006) explain that leadership wisdom means:
striking a balance between arrogance (assuming you know more than you do) and insecurity (believing you know too little to act). This attitude enables people to act on their present knowledge while doubting what they know. It means they can do things now, as well as keep learning along the way. (p. 52)
In this book, we will examine how PLC school leaders learn to act at the right times and in the right way and with the right amount of energy, engagement, grace, and compassion. We will see how they practice particular disciplines to become comfortable with the many paradoxes of effective school leadership—among them, leading by serving, engaging through strategic disengagement, allowing autonomous behaviors within defined boundaries, and inspiring through humility.
For more information on the book, and its release, you can click here! Meanwhile, see you at #plcleaders!