I would not be where I am in life today, if not for those who led me yesterday.
No phrase has ever rung so true for me, nor have I ever felt so inspired to be that leader for someone else’s tomorrow. As a teacher, I have the invaluable opportunity and ability to cultivate the minds of the next generation, and it is for that reason that I have honed my leadership skills. As a woman in the field of science, I must lead with a unique style. I must be gentle, driven, fierce, determined, and inquisitive, all at the same time. In my classroom, I must be an impeccable leader.
A good leader, leads from a place of love for others.
A good leader, is one that knows their people’s strengths and weaknesses at all times.
They are able to alter their leadership style to best suit the person in need and situation at hand.
They are capable of dissolving conflict and inspiring the unmotivated.
A good leader, is a teacher.
One who does not teach the next generation success, but rather teaches them the skills they need to be successful.
A good leader is an exemplar.
They strive to live their life in the same manner that they encourage others to live.
However, they are not without flaws.
A good leader is relatable, she is humble, she is capable of making mistakes, and capable of owning up to them.
A good leader, is one who does not need recognition to triumph, but recognizes other’s triumphs.
In my future as a teacher, I will empower my students without fail. I will believe in them without waver, I will encourage their curiosities without doubt. I will instill confidence in those who do not see it in themselves. I will treat each student individually, so that they may know what it feels like to be seen and heard. I will command my classroom first and for most with love, so that my students will understand that failure is a part of learning, and learning is to be celebrated.
Rather than leading in front, I will lead my students from the side, and watch as they accomplish great things.