Why Become A Legacy Leader In Education

Most of you know by now of my passion, both personally and professionally, for Legacy Leadership for Educators. You see my training schedules for seminars that prepare educators in all roles to develop as Legacy Leaders and the Train-the-Trainers Program. My monthly newsletter on leadership encourages you to become a Legacy Leader and provides common-sense tools for your practice. What you have not heard is my personal story about my journey into living my passion for becoming a Legacy Leader and why I think it should be a commitment you make to your students and staff too.

Why was it so important that I transformed myself into a Legacy Leader? Let’s face it: we are all very emotional beings in our roles as educators. How can we be any different? Not only is education a very personal and emotional field, but we also hold the future of our students in our hands. What can be more personal and emotional? Given this serious responsibility, our decisions are too often influenced by how we feel. When I reflected on my own skills as a community leader, I realized how unreliable my feelings are because they are constantly changing. My feelings are influenced by situations and moods. When decisions are made only from this perspective, we fall into crisis management driven by situations and feelings at the time. I did not want to live my legacy of leadership leaping from one situation to another or one feeling to another. That could easily be called “Circumstantial Leadership,” and that is not my definition of leadership. I wanted a leadership model that would not minimize the value of my feelings, but add a rational and reflective component to my leadership. Help me focus on the FACTS. That is Legacy Leadership for Educators (LLFE).

The LLFE Model focuses on building people and not blaming people, but it also focuses decisions and actions into rational patterns of thinking, planning, and acting. The model provides me with research-based competencies to refine my leadership skills and with action steps to guide my implementation of leadership in my practice. The LLFE Model never lets me lose sight of my mission to inspire and influence others to grow as professionals and leaders, while at the same time keeps me accountable for not letting my feelings rule sound leadership, decision-making, action, and professional responsibility to educate all students.

The LLFE Model keeps my focus on what is most important—students. The reason that I am in education is not so I’ll be applauded and thanked or made to feel good. The reason that I do what I do is that I believe in education and the students we educate. As a leader, there are times that I have come to the end of myself and I’m ready to quit. It is at these times that I have to “will” myself to the realization that it’s all about what is best for students, not me. It’s all about the facts and not my feelings. Students are worthy of being served and that is my role—service through leadership.

The Legacy Leadership for Educators Model gives me the tools to switch on the light so that I can find my way in this complex education system. As I reflect on the LLFE Model it starts me off each day with the right focus, regardless of how I feel. It is a conscious choice I make each day that I’m given the opportunity to lead. When I get past my feelings and move on to the facts, I gain a proper perspective. There are two important facts to remember: Education is essential for the future of society, and our role in this future is that of competent leaders of education. Legacy Leadership for Educators is a blueprint for us to become competent leaders who keep the essential role of education in focus.