The Leaducator Experience™
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Consider this piece on The Character of Leadership from The Ivey Business Journal. Within… are two quotes to anchor the piece.
“When I went to management school 20 years ago, I thought it was about personality, desire, determination, and a little bit of technique. I didn’t actually realize it was about character, and that struck me more as I have gone along . . . The leaders whom people respect and will follow have the characteristics of being themselves, of being passionate about what they are doing, communicating that in a heartfelt way that touches hearts.” — Theresa Gattung, CEO of Telecom NZ
We also invite you to consider Developing Leadership Character from the Ivey Business Journal. Within it, you will find the following, amongst a great deal more.
- “Our own research on the failures of leadership points to issues around character as a central theme. Nowhere was this more obvious than in the financial crisis of 2008 – 2009, in which boldness or instant gratification triumphed over temperance. People who knew that bad risks were being taken did not have the courage and/or confidence to speak up, and people without integrity sold mortgages to those who could not pay them. They then bundled these mortgages into securities that were fraudulent and sold to others. People with large egos, lacking in humility, oblivious to the harm they may have been be doing to others or the societies in which they operated, became very rich at the expense of millions who were the victims of the financial crisis and subsequent recession. Yet, to this day, these same people seem unable or unwilling to accept any degree of responsibility for their actions. Leaders of large, global companies knew about these types of practices yet did nothing to stop them. Still others were unable to create the honest, transparent corporate culture that would enable them to be in touch with what was happening deep down in the organization. All these behaviors and activities were, essentially, failings of character.”
We believe and contend that character matters; and character is not about simply being someone’s definition of morally good. It is, in essence, about what Simon Anholt refers to as being good.
A Collective VISION
The success of your team (and the individual players within) is contingent on having a ‘presence’ on the local, regional, and global field of play. Though your practice may be based locally or regionally, a global awareness (or moral ‘presence’) provides a foundational strength to enhance your impact.
In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. Our governments have a plan to save our planet… it’s our job to make sure they stick to it.
The Global Goals are only going to work if we fight for them and you can’t fight for your rights if you don’t know what they are. We believe the Goals are only going to be completed if we can make them famous.
In recent months, I have valued following the work of the Global Goals Educator Task Force. Their mission is as follows:
We, the Global Goals Educator Task Force, in partnership with the United Nations, aim to strengthen the voice of the Educator in their sessions, meetings, and events pertaining to the Sustainable Development Goals. We seek a world where every child learns about the inspiring Global Goals — and we welcome any and all partners and opportunities that move us all closer to this objective. We recruit teachers, gather data, cherish ideas, and submit recommendations directly to the UN annually. Passionate about policy, advocacy, innovation, design thinking, and best practices in global education, we bring diverse perspectives and deep commitment to the SDGs and the children of our world.
You can explore the Sustainable Development Goals at www.teachsdgs.org and on Twitter @TeachSDGs (A global movement of teachers pledging to #TeachSDGs; a Task Force of volunteers partnered with the UN to serve @TheGlobalGoals & @TheWorldsLesson).
Within my own scope of practice as an educator and school counselor, I have adopted these SDGs to keep my efforts focused and effective:
#3. Good Health & Well-Being
#4. Quality Education
#10. Reduced Inequalities,
#16. Peace & Justice.
I challenge you to become a part of this growing online community by taking the SDG pledge and to incorporate the SDGs into your school’s objectives, your business’ / organization’s blueprint, or your personal leadership goals.
Please check out this LinkedIn Article by Harriet Marshall (April 24th, 2017).
Teaching the SDGs – 17 Goals to Transform Our World and Our Classrooms
AHEAD and HEART
In the coming volumes of The Leaducator Experience™, we will explore and offer additional resources, videos, links and thoughts around character leadership and achieving lasting impact at school, work, business and community. Subsequent volumes will be offered monthly, and around the third week of the month. Sign Up to automatically receive The Leaducator Experience™ by going here at our home page. In so doing, you will also receive our Purpose Pack™ as a gift.
We look forward to sharing with you, and invite submissions for short guest blog pieces around character, leadership and impact.
We do so, wholeheartedly.
CONTRIBUTORS and AUTHORS
Trent Langdon is all about building legacy through character education and social-emotional development. He is a junior high school counselor for nearly 700 adolescents and is dedicated to serving his students, their families, and communities. In addition, Trent works on behalf of his colleagues to build identity, protect professional roles, and to give teachers ‘a voice’; recently elected as Vice-President of the Newfoundland & Labrador Teachers Association (NLTA) for the 2017-2019 term of office. Trent is also a Canadian Certified Counselor with the Canadian Counseling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and serves as a member of the CCPA Ethics Committee (Complaints Division). And last but certainly not least, Trent is a proud contributor to the Epic Engage™ team and co-author of The Leaducator Experience™. Check out Trent’s blog
Barry Lewis Green is all about heroic character leadership and its impact on building cultures of strength, unity, resourcefulness and what he calls joyful excellence. He is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about voicing, exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. Joe Calloway says, “I had the distinct pleasure of being in an audience in Montreal with Barry Lewis Green on the stage. Quite simply, Barry absolutely captivated us with his talent, his message, and his heart. The feeling of unity that Barry created in the room that day was extraordinary.” Barry’s book Human Being Being Being Human speaks to that. and that is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday. Barry is humbly proud to advance this work with Trent and The Leaducator Experience™.
POST SCRIPT RESOURCES
- Clean to Lean
- 9 Perspectives on Taking Charge of Your Life and Work
- 12 Leaders Share on Leadership
- The Epic Engage You Tube Channel with resources around character and leadership
- 17 Free Resources for School, Work, Business or Community