Teachers, Parents & Students Have Responsibilities to Lead Their Schools Forward
The educational system plays a much more essential role than providing children with an education and skills for employable jobs. It is easy to recognize the need to cultivate and empower youth to become leaders in the fields in which they are passionate. However, to establish positive change, individuals who contribute to the educational environment must be influential leaders, as Thomas Gaudreau has been himself throughout his entire career as an educator. He has traversed many different aspects of the educational structure and is now a mentor to others.
Educational leadership can be cultivated by three demographics of people within the education system: teachers, parents, and students, in order to influence the educational system and ultimately the students themselves.
Teachers hold a lot of responsibilities in the classroom and around the schools. Not only do they have a full curriculum to deliver to students each year and ensure that students are maintaining the best grades that they are capable of, but teachers are also often playing a role in mentoring children and teenagers through various stages of their life, and mitigating difficulties that they experience.
Thomas Gaudreau encourages teachers to become students themselves in the field of personal development, so they continue to always develop and cultivate their own leadership skills. This could include reading leadership books, listening to audio tapes or podcasts, attending seminars or taking workshops. Personal development covers a wide variety of skill development including verbal and non-verbal communication, active listening, building relationships, compassion, persuasion, influence, and vision.
Children’s education is not only the responsibility of their teachers. Parents should also play an important role in shaping the mindset that children adapt about their education, as well as their capabilities throughout their adolescence and adulthood. Thomas Gaudreau states that parents can do their part by getting involved with parent committee boards or staying current with workshops offered in-school to parents. At home, parents can utilize leadership by creating good habits for homework completion and offering help and assistance where necessary, while still encouraging independence and problem-solving skills.
Leadership within a school also depends on students having the ability to lead each other and guide the change they seek. Some students will naturally find it easier to step into a leadership role, while others will have to work long and hard to cultivate the confidence, self-esteem and personality of a leader, however every student is capable of embodying leadership traits if they are encouraged and empowered. Students should be encouraged to choose areas and focuses that they are passionate about within their school and join clubs or programs that will allow them to work with their passions to create influence throughout their school. Often, Thomas Gaudreau observes that students with natural leadership abilities join their student council and work closely with teachers or other influencers within the school to improve the learning environment for other students.
In the long run, any efforts that students can make to utilize their leadership skills under the guidance of their teachers and with their parents’ support and encouragement will stabilize a platform of educational leadership for future students. Thomas Gaudreau believes that this is important improve the quality of education and the education system itself, which is the goal of implementing educational leadership.