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The Road To Being Proactive

Posted in Educational Leadership, Global Leadership, Leadership, Leadership Development, Proactive by Dr. Byron L. Ernest on August 5, 2021

I ran across the “PROACTIVE PKWY” sign pictured in this post while at Sallie Jones Elementary School in Punta Gorda, Florida facilitating professional development workshops for Charlotte County Public Schools this week. I used the picture I took as one of my morning inspirational tweets. Then I began to think about how important it is for us to be proactive. I’ve spent the week working with teachers and I am reminded that great teachers make everything look random for their students, but nothing is random. The great teacher has been proactive and already anticipated what will/can happen. These great teachers are great leaders because they proactively respond to the strengths and weaknesses of their students and put them in a position to succeed.

To be proactive we must start with the end in mind. The end must be clearly defined. It is the role of the leader to push their team towards the end goal. And that end goal must be both motivating and inspiring enough to cause us to want to act. Proactiveness is not just a skill for leaders. The world of work is changing, and it is now essential that everyone begins to develop this skill. The proactive person recognizes the importance of varying viewpoints and are open to new ideas. Finally, proactive leaders approach a crisis with calm determination rather than chaotic panic. Are you a proactive leader?