My new leadership role in education has challenged me in ways that I never imagined. As a result of these learning experiences, I can honestly admit that I am becoming a better educator and leader overall. I’ve only been in this position for four months and the most important skill set I’ve learned, thus far, is that there is value in your voice. Because I am the newbie amongst my colleagues, I often find myself hesitant to speak up in areas of my own expertise but I’m not really sure why. It could possibly be the fear of not sounding like an expert or maybe even because my counterparts are able to better articulate what is being discussed than I can. Regardless of the reason, I am learning that if you can’t communicate effectively in any realm, you’re giving up your potential. And when you give up your potential you might pivot on your purpose path. If you don’t speak up, how is the world supposed to know you even exist?
Don’t give up your seat at the table by refusing to vocalize your virtuosity. You’re not just there to simply be a fly on the wall. So, say something! Silence can subject you to missing out on substantive opportunities. It can also insinuate that you are not invested in the situation at hand.
While I did gain my current leadership position through hard work and effective results in the classroom, I can’t assume that others will automatically recognize my proficiency, aspirations, or desires. People are not mind readers. So, if you find yourself shying away from speaking up, I challenge you to remove all doubt, know that you bring value to the conversation and make your voice heard…now!
Always remember the art of communication is the language of leadership (J. Humes).
By Dr. Avis Foley | Co-Publisher, Purpose Weekly
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