Magazine article Techniques

Change Leaders Key to Success

Magazine article Techniques

Change Leaders Key to Success

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IT IS APPROPRIATE THAT THIS ISSUE of Techniques is focused on leadership. These are interesting times for education and most of all, career and technical education (CTE). The ongoing and increasingly louder dialogue on education reform is changing what is taught, how it is taught and where it is taught. During these times, it is important for the CTE profession and ACTE to have leaders who can provide guidance, comfort and support. It is important that we have "change leaders" at the helm.

Mark J. Tager, co-author of Leadership in Times of Stress and Change, writes that in an environment characterized by ambiguity, change and stress, what people look for and respond to best is someone who:

* Lets me know what's going on and isn't afraid to say "I don't know."

* Is easy to "read" so I know where he or she is coming from.

* Remains calm under fire.

* Sets clear expectations, ones that are sure to change and will then be replaced with new clear expectations.

* "Hears" me--is willing to listen.

* Is willing to change the plan when things aren't working out.

* Is visible and available.

* Seems "together" in thought and action. …

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