PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
What makes you think you are a good administrator? Are you a great leader? Can you be as effective and successful in a larger environment as you are now? These are the questions each of us needs to answer. For some, the answer has come from a general, personal chronicle of observations about effectiveness on the job and perhaps some feedback from fellow administrators, teachers, students, and parents or citizens. For others, the answer has come from a more objective source--from personal development workshops and seminars to success in reaching leadership positions within state and national professional organizations and associations.
A majority of administrators in this study connected their personal development and their professional development from affiliation with professional organizations. By combining the themes of school leaders, these two contributors to administrators' successes fit together logically and make easy reading.
What can we say about personal development? That it is a major discriminator in separating exceptional administrators from the average? That it underpins a lifestyle by which outstanding administrators live? That it provides benchmarks by which outstanding administrators can identify their strengths and vulnerabilities so they can map a continuous program of improvement? A resounding yes to each of the questions.
Personal development and a sincere willingness to give personal time to and take skill improvements from professional associations are two powerful ways to get on the fast track to exceptional performance. Administrators who discussed their commitment to personal skill development had an objective assessment of their strengths and weaknesses, were willing to discuss them openly, and had designed strategies to minimize their weaknesses either by remediation or by surrounding themselves with skilled individuals who complemented their