I’ve been reading Brene Browns ‘Dare to Lead’ for a good part of this year, why has it taken me so long? A couple of things, life as a teacher is hectic isn’t it? And in the struggle for wellbeing, in my world at least, reading is one of those things that gets dropped off the priority list. The main reason really is though, is that I’m completing the work along book that goes with it. Brene’s words linger, and the work along book has encouraged me to take time to sit with those words, to reflect and unpack what they mean for me as a leader. Part way through my first year as a Syndicate Leader there a few gems that continue to resonate. One being Brene’s section around “Paint what done looks like.”
If you were to ask a colleague to complete a task for you, or to undertake a project within your school or corporation, how do you ensure you are both on the same page about the expectation, and what it might look like when it’s done? Ask, tell, clarify understanding…easy right? But more often than not we don’t do we? We’re set to task and it’s up to our interpretation of what that ‘done’ might mean or look like.
I now find myself thinking, am I painting what ‘done looks like’ for my team? Are my expectations clear? Do I clarify with them? Are we on the same page? To be clear is to be kind. It’s a work in progress and one I hope that I can model to my team and they pick up on and use too.
The other gem that continues to pop into my thoughts frequently is Brene’s daughters marble jar. Trust is pretty big in teams. And I want my team to trust me in any given situation, even when the road might seem rocky, that they know I genuinely have our learners and their wellbeing at front and centre. So I’m keen to hear how your foster trust within your team?