How To Build a Culture of Mind, Heart, and Spirit: 4 Ways Leaders Can Support Their Team & School

How to Cultivate an Inclusive & Effective Leadership Approach

  • People need to feel cared for
  • People need to feel they belong
  • It’s not all about you (the leader)
  • Empathy from experience
  • Focus on what people really need — from you, and each other

How to Foster a Strong School Culture & Shared Vision with Staff

  • Know your people — meet 1:1
  • Building community takes perseverance & patience, but it’s absolutely worth it
  • Create your mission together
  • It’s sometimes the small, seemingly unimportant things that make a big impact
  • Get comfortable having the hard conversations
  • Kids come first — ALL the time
  • The 3 Rs: Run, Retire, Regroup

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

– Martin Luther King Jr.

How to Support Staff “Regroup”: Friendship Bracelets for Bonding

  • Build staff relationships that students prosper from
  • Define “support” beforehand and during — be specific
  • When you create a network of support among staff, you are supporting them
  • Time spent developing lasting bonds of support is time well spent

How to Support Your Team by Building a Supportive Team

  • Hand-pick your leadership team — not “yes people,” but people who share the vision
  • Language and labels matter — choose them carefully and wisely
  • A supportive team will help support new hires
  • Make a big deal about what each person brings to the team/school/community right from the start
  • There is strength in inclusion
  • Show value for people
  • Invigorate people to be their best

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