Demands on education leaders are changing rapidly, and being a leader isn’t getting any easier. Principals, superintendents, and others are pulled and stretched in many directions by staff, parents, community members, and school boards, as well as their own families. Leaders’ roles require them to have an attention to detail, an ability to be strategic and disciplined, and the skills to connect emotionally with others - and to do so all at the same time, and even in trying times.
In this context, resiliency is a crucial component of effective leadership. Resilience is made up of mindset and behaviors. It is predicated on the belief that setbacks are temporary and are opportunities to learn. It begins with optimism, mindfulness, clarity about the work to be done, and trust in the intentions and abilities of your team. But it must be practiced, modeled, and refined over time.