Very recently, I had the privilege of being accepted to the Clark County School District's resurrection of its Leadership Academy. The purpose of the Academy is to better prepare administration candidates for the expectations and rigors of a school administration position. The 13 week academy will explore different aspects of school leadership and give candidates the opportunity to learn their strengths and weaknesses in regards to a leadership position. After one week of the academy, it has opened my eyes even further as to what I may eventually get myself into.
Now don't get me wrong: I have never thought, for one second, that any school administration position was easy. I have had my moments, as a teacher, where I have expressed frustration in some of my supervisors, but who hasn't done that at some point? What began to open my eyes even further to what a school leadership position entails and what makes a good leader in those positions was an amazing book (which is ironic, I hate paper, my classroom is paperless for the most part, and I was required to read an actual book, something that I couldn't just read online). This book, Tough Truths: The Ten Leadership Lessons We Don't Talk About by Deirdre Maloney, presented 11 (Surprise! She included a bonus truth after the 10 as advertised) ideas about what makes a good leader, how it is uncomfortable to talk about them, especially as an individual, and why they are so important in making a great leader.