Authentic Leadership

It was a good thing I was sitting in the row behind my daughters. They would have been mortified had they seen me taking notes.

We were at a campus visitation day for high school seniors and their parents at the University of Colorado at Boulder. For the next half  hour we would be treated to a sample lecture, given by Dr. Angela Thieman Dino, Ph.D., Professor, Presidents’ Leadership Institute.

Now, there were several reasons I decided to take notes during this lecture. First, this was the second college I had visited in as many days and, I’m telling you, I was ready to enroll. I was busy contemplating what to major in and which dorm or “village” would best suit my needs and interests. I wanted to see the list of on-campus student organizations and start signing up for various intramural teams. I was ready to ditch my vehicle and buy a brand new cruiser bike. I was ready to learn, baby!

And, since I’m a writer now, I thought I better take some notes just in case this turned out to be something I wanted to write about. If anyone asked me why I was taking notes, I would say, “I’m a writer” and hope they understood that that explained everything.

Plus, as this woman started to speak on this topic of authentic leadership, I realized that what she had to say might pertain to my life or my job, whether I stuck with my current reality or ended up quitting everything and matriculating.

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Hats Off to My Parents

I am just home from two days of parent-teacher conferences and am exhausted but satisfied.

Satisfied with my students’ progress.

Satisfied with the families in our community.

Satisfied with the parenting I see and the way this generation of kids is being raised.

I know we often hear otherwise.

We hear about kids who aren’t proficient.

Kids who don’t meet the standards.

We hear of families struggling financially.

We hear of divorce.

We hear of parents who don’t spend quality time with their children.

Yet they do.

I see it happening.

I witness that most of these parents are doing the best they can.

And that their best is far better than what you typically hear about.

I’m proud of my parents.

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Backseat Teacher

Backseat DriverIf a backseat driver is a vehicle passenger in the back seat who is not controlling the vehicle and seems to be uncomfortable with the skills of the driver and/or wants to tutor the driver while the driver is at the wheel (definition courtesy of Wikipedia), then…

…a backseat teacher is a classroom teacher who has taken a backseat and who is currently not controlling the learning of the students and seems to be uncomfortable with the skills of the teacher who is in charge of the class and/or wants to tutor that teacher while the teacher is at the front of the class (definition courtesy of moi).

It would seem that that’s how the analogy would go.

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