It has been an interesting journey going from a teacher to a PYP coordinator to a vice principal to the head of school at a small school. It is interesting how all of these roles are very similar but different. As you move to the outer circle, there is a perception that you have more control, but really you don’t. A good leader needs to trust in their team and let go of the urge to try and control the micro decisions that happen every day in a school. As you move to the outer circle, you have to start thinking about the bigger picture and systems while trusting in your team to handle the macro and micro decisions.
Trusting your team to make the macro and micro decisions is not always an easy thing to do. Sometimes you know people will make the wrong choice, but we need to let them do it to fail forward. It is only through making these small mistakes that people can build a wealth of knowledge and experience. However, to do this their needs be a non-punative reflective culture that focuses on learning from mistakes.