Leadership Reflective Essay Example

Please note: The examples provided here are illustrations only and may not reflect the current course assignment. Students should not rely on this information to shape their assignments but should instead refer to the assignment description provided by their instructor(s).

1. Assignment description: LEAD: Personal leadship challenge (PLC) description.

2. Marked-up versions with verbs, keywords, and instructions indicated: LEAD: PLC description mark-up.

Condensed interpretation of the assignment:

  • 1000-1500 words, excluding references 
  • identify personal leadership challenge currently facing in workplace
  • reflect on personal responsibility for challenge
  • demonstrate openness to shifting challenge through own personal learning
  • choose issue that is:
    • personal and immediate
    • challenge that can be addressed internally without relying on further organizational support or action
    • situation must be able to be improved through applying skills and knowledge gained in first term
    • must be able to identify potential change in situation through application of change in behaviour, new knowledge, or interactions with others
    • scope: problem must be small enough to address after first term but sufficiently interesting to keep interest for 11 weeks of term
  • demonstrate critical thinking and writing skills by:
    • selecting and using appropriate research evidence from readings
    • quote from organizational materials to contextualize challenge
  • refer to guiding questions for content direction
  • formatting and submission expectations:
    • APA 6th edition formatting rules for citations and references
    • Word doc
    • Submit to drop box

Dr. Brigitte Harris, Director of the School of Leadership, approved this interpretation of the assignment.

I was fortunate to have the unique opportunity to interview my Principal, Dr. Tim Anderson and Head of School, Dr. Julie Giardino. Since we are employed at a Christian school, I was interested in learning their personal teaching philosophies, views on education and personal beliefs on leadership. In regards to their teaching philosophies, both believe innately and unequivocally that all children have the ability and a right to learn. Together, they have over 30 years of educational experience and their passion for student learning and achievement is still evident. They surmise teachers are the authorities in the classroom, should be empowered to be creative and have the ability to adapt or change curriculum. However, they also conclude teachers should not supersede administration or affect policy. At the core or foundation of every decision they make is their relationship with Christ. This foundation drives how they interact, communicate and lead others.

Therefore transparency, truth, integrity and dignity for all people are moral truths and or ethical standards they reverence. Both individuals have a collaborative/servant leadership style and feels that the key to being an effective leader starts by being a good listener. Second, a good leader builds meaningful relationships by: a) modeling a servant’s attitude, b) collaborating with constituents, c) celebrating differences, d) recognizing accomplishments and e) fostering accountability via restorative correction. Since building relationships is one of the fundamental elements of their leadership style, both are prudent in utilizing e-mail and social media as a form of communication between themselves and their constituents. Dr. Anderson understands social media and e-mail is useful as a way to communicate facts (for example teacher duties, responsibilities or upcoming sporting events). However; Dr. Giardino expressed, she values one on one communication.

In her experience, e-mail can foster miscommunication due to the inability to read body language and tone. Dr. Anderson and Dr. Giardino cautioned that although their style is collaborative there are times they will adapt their style to a given situation. If there is an immediate threat in the building and or someone is being defiant in nature, their style will become directive to mitigate or resolve the conflict. In conclusion, they both agree the best part of the job is the people. Dr. Anderson elaborated, that as a principal, he has the ability to influence and impact more children. He also gets to be involved and interact with all constituents: the students, parents, teachers and community. However; Dr. Giardino cautioned being an effective leader is lonely. There are long hours involved and one needs to have a strong support system to balance work and family.

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