Compliance or Creativity?
As leaders in K-12 education, the success and failure of our schools rests upon the environment we build and maintain through our words and actions.
In a culture of compliance, we lead through mandates, telling those we work with what to do and when to do it. We refer to people and classrooms as “mine,” and make sure there is no confusion about the authoritarian, chain of command.
In a culture of creativity, we do have some mandated timelines, but, leaders trust professionals to exercise their professional judgement. They refer to roles and places as “ours,” and are always willing to listen to new ideas. There is still leadership, but it is collaborative in nature.
One culture creates innovation and is a place where elite professionals want to work. The other stifles ideas and is often toxic.
The way we lead determines our culture – creative or compliant.