Future-Focused Leadership: Preparing Schools, Students, and Communities for Tomorrow's Realities

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Guiding Principles for
Future-Oriented Leaders

If your actions inspire others to dream more,
learn more, do more, and become more, you
are a leader
.

John Quincy Adams

How can we become enlightened and connected leaders who are capable of creating a future? What do we need to think about, and what do we need to do? This chapter presents a number of principles that reinforce the point that no institution should be isolated. To be truly effective, educators need to be connected to an array of people and ideas, and must in turn help connect their students with the world outside the classroom.


The 12 Principles

Figure 2.1 lists 12 guiding principles for connected, future-oriented leaders. We explore each principle in the sections that follow. Keep in mind that the list of thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors is far from exhaustive. Its purpose is to stimulate further thinking. What would you add to the list?

Curiosity, persistence, imagination, and genuine interest are the main power sources for futures thinking. People who are curious and persistent are people who will be educated for the rest of their lives. Of course, the downside of being curious is having an interest in nearly everything. It's hard to turn off the curiosity. The upside is that people who are curious generally live much more interesting lives. They are constantly finding

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