At a recent conference of the professors who prepare principals and superintendents across the country, I heard a presentation on the Aesthetics of Leadership – the style that leaders bring to the challenges of leading organizations. While there are many leadership styles, there is no question that some leaders conduct their business with more grace and beauty than others.
The analogy can be drawn in the leadership of a football team. According to a recent poll of NFL head coaches, two quarterbacks are head and shoulders above the rest. In second place, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. Most of the coaches, especially offensive ones, lauded Aaron’s “beautiful style” in executing the offense, his effortless evasion of defenders and the purity of the ball he throws. No one will forget the last second “Hail Mary” throw last season against the Detroit Lions for the win to cinch the Division. Number one of course is Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. He is the winningest quarterback in the game today. He finds any way to win. The best example of this leadership was the improbable 2017 Super Bowl win against the Atlanta Falcons. After a dismal first half, Tom rallied to team to victory with a combination of guile, great play making and enthusiastic support for his team mates.
Three of our colleagues are having a great start to the school year in their leadership roles.
Ms. Lindsay Meeker was recently named the Director of the English Language Learner Program in the Wheaton, Il Schools (12,800 students) after serving many years in the Moline Schools in a variety of roles.
Dr. PJ Caposey recently released his third book on leadership, “Making Evaluation Meaningful: Transforming The Conversation To Transform Schools.” He is the Superintendent of Meridian School District in Stillman Valley, IL.
Mr. Brett Elliott, Principal of Peoria 150 Ridgewoods High School, was recognized last week by the district for his unique blend of enthusiasm, leadership and skills in guiding his school. See the tribute video at:
Congratulations to these fine school leaders. And enjoy the new school year!