Being a Transparent Leader
November 11, 2012 Edition

In this Pasco Leadership Minute, Irene Salazar interviews Mr. Patrick Reedy, Principal at Pasco High School. Mr. Reedy discusses the importance of being a transparent leader. A transparent leader shares information and models the thinking process so that other leaders learn and grow and eventually begin to think outside the box.

We invite you to read Leading in Challenging Times, which is a pdf that was published from the Office of Human Resources at the University of Minnesota. This article highlights the forces that impede transparency and the steps to take in order to overcome them.  It emphasizes the need to be honest, candid, clear, and detailed, which will demonstrate a commitment to the growth of all stakeholders thereby establishing trust and loyalty.

Putting It Into Practice

1. Use either a suggestion box or staff bulletin board to create a “parking lot” to gather ongoing questions and suggestions from staff members.
2. Use the “parking lot” to help gauge the needs of staff.
3. Create a weekly email response to answer questions that would benefit the staff.
4. Use the “parking lot” to also gather data from staff to determine areas in the organization needing more ongoing support.

Recommended Reading

What Principals Do When No One Is Looking Recommended by Patrick Reedy

Written by Jim Grant and Irv Richardson
Illustrated by Patrick Belfiori

This book is about principals who devote an abundance of time and energy to make schools a better place for every child.

PLM Poll

Please take a moment to complete our poll question.  This poll, found in the October 11, 2012 ASCD SmartBrief, allows our District the opportunity to compare Pasco’s responses with the results collected nationwide.

In which one of the following ways do you most prefer to receive professional development?

  •   Job-embedded learning (i.e. coaching, PLCs, study groups)
  •   Off-site conferences and institutes
  •   Print materials (i.e. books, newsletters, magazines)
  •   Online materials (i.e. e-books, digital newsletters and magazines)
  •   Webinars/podcasts
  •   Streaming video/DVDs
  •   Online courses

"Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em.” ~Kenny Rogers

From the PLM Archive

May 22, 2013 - Building Leadership Capacity in Schools

April 23, 2013 - Setting the Conditions for High Expectations

March 20, 2013 - Building a Positive Culture

February 20, 2013 - Transitioning to a New Vision

January 31, 2013 - Communicating the Vision to All Stakeholders

December 03, 2012 - Effectively Modeling the Use of Technology in Schools

November 11, 2012 - Being a Transparent Leader

October 17, 2012 - Benefits of Common Assessments

September 19, 2012 - Using the Team Approach to Leadership

May 09, 2012 - Being a Caring Leader in a Time of Change

April 18, 2012 - Saving Energy in Our Buildings

March 21, 2012 - 21st Century Learning Environment

March 07, 2012 - Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners

February 22, 2012 - Positive Behavior Support in the Learning Environment

February 01, 2012 - Using Cooperative Learning to Empower Schools

January 18, 2012 - Teacher Evaluation and the Role of Reflection

December 14, 2011 - Managing an Effective Learning Environment

November 30, 2011 - Effectively Using the Coaching Cycle

November 09, 2011 - Applying Adaptive Leadership to School Reform

October 26, 2011 - Closing the Achievement Gap

October 12, 2011 - Empowering Stakeholders to Maintain Focus

September 28, 2011 - Getting to the Heart of Core Values

September 13, 2011 - Inspiring Others to Live the Vision

May 31, 2011 - Defining 21st Century Learning

May 09, 2011 - 21st Century Servant Leadership

April 04, 2011 - Active Listening in the 21st Century

March 21, 2011 - Inspiring Others to Lead

February 28, 2011 - 21st Century Great Leaders

February 14, 2011 - 21st Century Quality Leaders

January 24, 2011 - Your 21st Century Compelling Why

January 10, 2011 - Creating Global Learning Centers in the 21st Century

December 06, 2010 - 21st Century Leaders as Servants

November 23, 2010 - 21st Century Communication

November 08, 2010 - 21st Century Teacher Planning

October 25, 2010 - Data and How it is Used in 21st Century Schools

October 11, 2010 - 21st Century Schools with Purpose

September 27, 2010 - 21st Century Collaboration

September 13, 2010 - 21st Century Creating Demand

August 30, 2010 - 21st Century Communicating Core Beliefs

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