An effective leader?

What makes an effective leader?

  • Is it someone who needs accolades and recognition; or someone who wants to improve themselves and allow others to do the same?
  • Is the person with the largest ego and the loudest voice; or the one who has the largest capacity to listen and hear?
  • Is it the one who blows the most hot air or the one who recognises the strengths of others?
  • Is it one who forces change through their will; or one who fosters change by exposing people to different ways?
  • Is it one who demands; or one who suggests?

An interesting conversation, with a colleague who I don’t often have the privilege of chatting with, provokes my thinking today. I am left with these thoughts …

  • Are we all leaders (in some form) ?
  • Why do so many people perceive themselves in ways that are so different to the way they are perceived by others?
  • Can true leaders “lead from anywhere”, even when the designated leader pushes them down?
  • Do people need to gain or construct permission to express opinions and question “the leader”?
  • What happens when “leaders” feel threatened by people around them?  
  • Can leadership be shred; delegated in meaningful ways?

I wonder what other people think and feel about “leaders”.


About Jina Belnick

I am a full time learner - tumbling head first into education and joining my learners on the amazing adventures that we encounter daily at our PYP school in Melbourne, Australia.I am currently working in learning support, feeling the waters and seeing how teachers and learners are best supported, I am a listener and a leader, an inquirer and a follower. I'm loving the ride!
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