White male school principal smiling with students on campus out of focus in the background.

In Praise of the Incomplete Leader Activity: Utilize Your Team Member’s Strengths & Grow Strong Leaders

…the sooner leaders stop trying to be all things to all people, the better off their organizations will be.

– Deborah Ancona, Thomas W. Malone, Wanda J. Orlikowski, and Peter M. Senge



 READ the provided article. (~15 min)

REFLECT

Using the provided PDF Summary & Worksheet, have your leaders reflect and identify the top two capabilities they are strongest in out of the four:

  1. Sensemaking
  2. Relating
  3. Visioning
  4. Inventing

Discuss with your leaders about how better understanding each person’s strengths can create more distributed and inclusive leadership practices.

Identify three behaviors or habits you can do as a team to make sure you lead in ways that use everyone’s strengths and distributes leadership to every member on the team.

Related Articles

Resources We Love (And Hope You Will Too!)

During our May Counterpart meetings, we asked folks to share what they have been engaging with recently. Below is a list of all the resources shared by our incredible community, offering a taste of the diverse and inspiring content they’re currently exploring. This list has something for everyone: from thought-provoking articles to captivating podcasts to must-watch documentaries. So, take a peek, pick your poison, and get ready to dive into something fantastic!

Case Study: Merced Union High School District

Through its work with Inflexion, MUHSD is seeing strong results in student outcomes and in closing the opportunity gap for underserved students. California School Dashboard data show College/Career Indicator scores for African American, Hispanic, English Learners, students with disabilities, students who are homeless, and students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged are 16 to 29 points higher than the state average.

Passion. Pride. Promise. Two Leaders Help Pave the Way for Their Students & Communities

Tucked away in the hills of rural western Oregon, the Vernonia and Gaston school districts defy many of the stereotypes most of us hold when we think of rural schools. Their communities face both common and unique challenges. Vernonia Elementary Principal, Michelle Eagleson, and Gaston Superintendent, Summer Catino, share how their small schools and communities achieve greatness.

Student Cell Phone Policy: Best Practices for Student Success

As principal of Milwaukie High School, Carmen Gelman (now Director of Professional Development, Coalition of Oregon School Administrators, COSA) worked with the school community (including students) to ensure a firm but balanced approach to student cell phone use. We share their policy and rollout materials to inspire and guide you as you consider tackling this oft contentious topic.

Responses