Integrity is another important quality of good leadership. The effective leader firmly adheres to his or her code of values. This does not mean that the leader is an inflexible person; to the contrary, effective leaders are often highly flexible and willing to compromise on many issues. However, effective leaders will not compromise when their core code of values are challenged. Integrity is important for two reasons. Adhering to a code of values is essential to an individual's self-worth. Without self-worth, an individual cannot lead effectively. Producing movement and change frequently results in a barrage of challenges to the leader's role, expertise, and value to the organization. Without self-worth, it is unlikely that the leader will "survive" the barrage. Secondly, people expect leaders to operate on a high ethical plane; if a leader shows a lack of integrity, it is unlikely that the leader's people will follow the leader for long.
Founded in 1964, Providence Montessori School is the oldest school in the northwest. We have an opening for one A.M.I. lower elementary guide for the 2009-10 school year, providing a dynamic opportunity to participate in building our first elementary program. You could join our team of dedicated A.M.I. certified staff, currently guiding a vibrant program of 7 primary classrooms serving 140 children ages 2 1/2 - 6 years of age.
Our school is located in Portland, Oregon, a green eco-friendly city situated between the beautiful beaches and mountains known for its natural beauty and livability. As a member of the Providence team, you will work in a mission-driven environment that encourages diversity and personal growth and fosters our core values of Respect, Compassion, Justice, Excellence, and Stewardship.
Providence is committed to the A.M.I. Montessori philosophy. The ideal candidate must be ready to assume the undertaking of a start-up lower elementary classroom, demonstrating initiative, leadership, classroom management and organizational skills. In addition, the ability to problem solve, communicate effectively with parents, children, staff and parent advisory board is needed. The position requires a B.A., A.M.I elementary certification and at least three years experience. Other requirements are listed on our website. We offer a competitive salary package including comprehensive benefits and perks.
If you are interested please apply (and attach resume) online at http://www.providence.org/careers, Job #45895.
For more information feel free to contact Karen Ito, Recruiter, at 503-215-7410 (direct) or 1-877-564-6747 (ask for Karen) or Karen.Ito@providence.org.
Also posted at:https://pnma.org/employment.htm
How is your Drive?
People who provide effective leadership always seem to have above average energy levels, often much above average. They appear to thrive on achieving something important and being in a position to influence others to achieve. This inner drive is often associated with high personal standards, a certain dissatisfaction with the status quo, and a tendency to push for continuing improvements and achievement of goals. Observers often sense this restless ambition after being with leaders for only a short time.
A strong internal drive to achieve and succeed is probably essential, simply because leadership can be absolutely exhausting. The hours are long. The problems can be huge. Yet it may take sustained effort for years to accomplish the kinds of change associated with leadership. It is difficult to imagine people with less than a high level of internal drive handling the long hours required and the problems encountered over such a long period of time.
Suggestion: do an assessment of both your body and mind. How do you feel physically? Are you getting enough exercise? Diet? Is your mind cluttered with too many details that you lack concentration. Again, do a personal assessment, take notes and come up with a plan. Then share it with others who should know of your personal changes of habit, who can encourage you and allow you the space you need to make what may be significant changes in you.
The "considerate leader" helps in very practical ways, explaining actions, giving detailed instruction, and seeking to improve working conditions for his or her employees. Considerate leaders are not necessarily warm and sympathetic, but they are concerned when employees encounter problems and barriers on the job. It will enhance your capacity for leadership if you develop your ability to be considerate in ways that your employees find practical and helpful. An example of consideration would be assisting an employee who is tied up in "red tape" and is uncertain about what to do. It is important that you be aware of the difficulties that may confront your employees, and that you are both willing and able to help them overcome these difficulties.
The second is Emotional Stability
A quality exhibited by many good leaders is having a stable emotional outlook especially in times of crisis. With few exceptions, the great leaders in history have exhibited the ability to control their emotions in the face of immense situations and problems.
Winston Churchill, George Washington, Napoleon, and Robert E. Lee were each viewed by their contemporaries as "islands of calm" during the heat of battle. Women such as Rosa Parks, Indira Ghandi and Margaret Thatcher- demonstrated a keen mix of intelligence, humility and inner strength.
Why is emotional control important? Consider two people who lose emotional control during an argument. Both lose objectivity. Both say and do things that they later regret. Nothing is accomplished except alienation. Unfortunately this scenario is probably repeated thousands of times each day in the business world. The effective leader, however, keeps his or her emotions in check, thereby remaining in a position to make intelligent decisions, accomplish positive results, and serve as an "anchor" for his or her group during times of change or crisis.
Question: does your administrative and teaching team at school see you as the calm voice of reason even in the midst of chaos?
Often we get caught up in the day to day routine of managing our schools that we forget our role as leader. So for the next seven blog posts, UMA will take a look at some of the essential characteristics of leaders.
The first is EMPATHY.
To be empathetic, you have to be aware of the needs of your teachers and other employees, and sensitive to and active in meeting these needs. It involves anticipating the needs and behaviors of your team ( more on being a team later), becoming in effect a "facilitator of change" for them. The more your employees see you as one who effectively deals with problems and seeks opportunities for growth in yourself and others, the more they will be motivated to help you. Empathy enables you to more effectively influence and help individual employees. Empathy also will help you to encourage mutually helpful relations among group members and to win support for positive group effort.
Related subjects to consider: active listening, dealing with anger or frustration, honesty with humility, understanding.
Is your school or community in the market for a new playground where kids can play with natural elements such as sand, water, wood and living plants?
Or perhaps you are simply looking for ideas, discussing how to better connect with nature. You may find some food for thought by going to this site:
Recently, Trudy and I received this post from a marketing guru, Ed Coumou of CPF Marketing
"Many of you are probably very knowledgeable about this, but what we do in e-mails
affects not only us, but those we're messaging. So perhaps this bears repeating just
to make sure we are all on the same page.
Many of us are familiar with www.snopes.com
determining whether information received via e-mail is just that: true/false or
fact/fiction. Both are excellent sites. I received the advice below from one of my
Mass mailing should always be done to Bcc: where the
names and e-mail addresses are hidden from prying eyes!
Advice from Snopes.com MEMORIZE THIS!
1) Any time you see an E-Mail that says forward this to '10' of your friends,
sign this petition, or you'll get bad luck, good luck, or whatever, it almost
always has an E-Mail tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and
E-Mails of those folks you forward to. The host sender is getting a copy each
time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of 'active' E-Mail addresses
to use in SPAM E-Mails, or sell to other spammers.
2) Almost all E-Mails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others
are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send business
cards to t he little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of
Records for the most cards. All it was, and all any of this type of E-Mail is,
is a way to get names and 'cookie' tracking information for telemarketers
and spammers - - to validate active E-Mail accounts for their own profitable
You can do your friends and family members a GREAT favor by sending
this information to them; you will be providing a service, and will be
rewarded by not getting thousands of spam E-Mails in the future! Your safest bet
is to copy and paste this information into your email – don’t just forward it.
If you have been opening and sending out (FORWARDING) the above kinds of E-Mail,
you now know why you get so much SPAM!
You may think you are supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT in the
long run. Instead, you will be getting tons of junk mail later! Plus, we are
helping the spammers get rich! Don't make it easy for them!
Also: E-Mail petitions are
NOT acceptable to Congress or any other organization.
To be acceptable, petitions must have a signed signature and full address
of the person signing the petition.
Read the full story here: http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/petition/internet.asp
Please do NOT send me these types of emails. Do yourself (and others) a favor
by not adding your name to those types of listings regardless how inviting
they might sound! And please don't be offended because this was sent to you.
We can never have too many reminders. Just stop forwarding those “interesting”
And “inviting” emails you think your friends would get a kick out of.
As a matter of fact, how do you know this email doesn’t record names and tracking cookies?
Get the point?"
Little Oak Montessori School in White Salmon, Wa. is seeking teachers for both our
Lower Elementary classroom and our Primary Childrenʼs House. AMI certification
preferred, but AMS welcome to apply.
Listed by the United Montessori Association
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