I read with great interest The Disinterested Leader: In the Library In it the writer @mguhlin poses the questions what do I really want for myself, what do I really want for you and me together, and have I made the effort to build mutual purpose and respect. I really liked his first statement of wanting, as a librarian, to encourage information literacy, problem solving and reading. And then the importance of problem solving together and building great programs together with leaders support, encouragement and funding. The writer then goes on to talk a little about working with teachers and the principal often at a different angle, and with different desires and approaches.
The suggestion is to approach interaction with disinterest and to transcend the bickering, in fighting and disagreements between others, and to think of the overall good that you can do, reframe the conversation and in so doing build trust in demonstrating you are not working to extend yourself. And in so doing demonstrating that our focus and intent is for the good of the organization.
I found this article quite challenging as I find it all too easy to slip into negativity and dissent. It might be fun to snigger and poke fun behind peoples backs, but is it for the good of the organization? I’m going to ascribe to being more of a disinterred leader. Thanks Miguel. @mguhlin