What leader doesn’t want a team that follows them with passion? What leader doesn’t want a team that has their back? What leader doesn’t want a team that is a joy to be around and they truly enjoy each other’s company? As a leader, these types of teams are a dream come true, but I have a challenging question for you… leader, are you that type of team member for YOUR leader?
Everyone has a supervisor or leader. In education, teachers report to the principal. Principals report to a central office level leader. Central office leaders report to a higher central office leader. The highest central office leaders report to the superintendent. The superintendent reports to the school board. There is no one in education who does not report to someone.
When you become a leader, it is easy to forget that you have now entered two worlds… one as a leader and one as a follower. We put much time and effort into being a great leader. We work to build relationships to build a strong team, but how much time and effort do we put into being a great team member for our leader?
Just as we try to build a great team for our direct reports, we need to be that same type of team member for our leader. We need to have his/her back. We need to take his/her vision and run with it as if it were our own. They should be able to trust us to get the job done exactly the way in which they would accomplish it… or better.
Leaders, do you follow your leader the way others follow you?
Paula Patterson is a Superintendent of Schools who shares practical points on leadership.