The Importance Of Leadership And Leadership

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In an ideal organization, be it business or education, leadership and ethics go hand in hand in order to create a culture of trust. Being a leader means that you have influence or power over a group of individuals and are guiding them towards a common goal or mission (Freeman & Stewart, 2006, p. 3). In educational settings the common goal tends to be multifaceted, ranging from student safety to community involvement to high achievement scores on local, state, and national assessments. Leaders can come in many forms and have different personalities and leadership styles. Some lead by example, some by making friends, and some by instilling a sense of fear in their followers, the latter being a seemingly unethical way to lead. Being ethical means using your moral compass to guide you in the decisions you make throughout your life, listening to your inner voice telling whether something is right or wrong, and then making the right choice even when faced with…show more content…
The overall culture of the school helps create norms or expectations for teachers and students and is ultimately set by the leader. Rickman and Goss (2012) comment that the culture of a school “creates a set of informal expectations and values that shape how people think, feel, and act” (p. 31). If ethical behavior is consistently modeled and expected, it is much more likely that it will become a norm in the school. Rickman and Gross (2012) also remind us that it is crucial for the leader of the school to “help identify, shape and maintain a strong, positive, student-focused culture” (p. 32). Leaders who have worked to create a positive culture in their schools also understand that there is more to running a great school than just being a good leader. They know that “it is about something bigger---the goals and dreams of the organization” (Freeman & Stewart, 2006, p.
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