I am at a crossroads in my career. About to turn a corner. I am not certain what lies around that corner, but I know there will be a greater quantity, and a wider range, of challenges. Right now, it feels that this new road around the corner might be much more hazardous, too.
Earlier this year I applied for a new Grades 6 – 12 Associate Principal position at my current school. My application was successful.
Up until now I have been a HOD for grades 6-12 Mathematics, which does entail decision-making and leadership. But within a specialized area, about which I know more than enough to get by.
Now, suddenly, I find myself in the position of not being sure I know enough to get by. Or perhaps, being very sure I don’t know enough to get by. I have not even started the new job yet, but just over the last week, there were three occasions when I wondered, and even doubted, whether I really do have the right skills for this new “adventure”. So now begins my new project:
- search for, and hopefully find, my style of leadership
- become familiar with student handbooks, and make sure I internalize the rules and systems
- become more knowledgeable about educational leadership and theory
- observe and analyze behaviors of current leaders in my professional life
I have had some book recommendations and today I saw a TED talk on Leadership that resonated with me. I will be blogging about these in the months ahead, hoping to discover how I fit in as a leader.