Servant Leadership Characteristics

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Before reading about characteristics of servant leadership, I tried thinking about what I already knew about this type of leadership. Some of the thoughts I had were: leaders put others before themselves and leaders go beyond their responsibilities to help others. When I read Chapter 7 from The Special Education Teacher as a Servant Leader, I found that I was correct but did not have the full answer. Though I did not think of the entire answer, I believe that the complete definition of a servant leader was discussed when I participated in an interview with Mrs. Hubner, as I completed my case study on Mrs. Vietti, and as I discussed leadership qualities in my PLC group. During my meeting with Mrs. Hunber, one quality that she discussed that…show more content…
Mrs. Vietti was the perfect candidate to observe and interview because she is still a leader in the classroom as well as a leader in a formal position. The biggest point that we discussed about leadership was attitude. She feels that having a positive attitude is the best way to display leadership. Thought he reading did not mention attitude much, I believe that a positive attitude can help build a community, which is one of the characteristics of a servant leader. In the science department, we are trying to rebuild the community from disputes that happened over the course of the past couple years. While we all teach different contents of science at different levels, one of the most helpful qualities that help us work together are the positive attitudes that come from most educators in the department. During my evaluation, one of the strengths that were notes was my positive attitude even when things do not go quite right. My attitude and willingness to work with other to build a community is my strongest servant leadership characteristic. I enjoy having close relationships with coworkers and discussing different techniques used in the…show more content…
I liked discussing how each quality can be incorporated into that classroom and how they can benefit the working environment. Though we talked about several different qualities, I believe that the “healing” characteristic is the most challenging for me. Though I am sensitive by nature, I have found myself become more callused towards how a student’s performance is linked to their disability due to the level of special education that I work in. I work with students’ labeled as having learning disabilities. These students are one track below the general education curriculum and I feel most are placed at my level due to laziness (that is my callused thinking). Though I they need the help, it is the lack of homework turn in, effort put towards their work and their “I don’t care” statements I hear on a daily basis that frustrates me in my efforts to help them. Another reason why I believe I am becoming calloused is because of the parents. During past teacher conferences, I had a few parents try to use their child’s disability as an excuse to why they were not completing homework, their excessive amount of tardiness to class, and the number of times they check their cell phone during class. I enjoy having a relationship with parents, but one of my biggest peeves is when individuals use their disability as excuse to why they cannot do a task before they even
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