What makes a good leader? Having worked under the supervision of various types of leaders I have come to the conclusion that a good leader is one who empowers his/her staff, has a ‘big picture’ mentality yet never loses sight of the small steps it takes to get there, and while wanting to achieve his/her own personal goals, does not step on others to accomplish them. A good leader inspires you to be an active participant, setting goals for yourself (usually outside of your comfort zone) and helps you to achieve them. They push you further than you ever thought you could go, not through bullying or belittling but through encouragement, empowerment and guidance.
I had never previously seen myself in a leadership role, perhaps because I felt a leader should have all the answers and never make a mistake, but I have since realised that this is not a good leader at all. A good leader recognises his/her own strengths and weaknesses, is honest about them, works on them and inspires others to do the same.
A school lives or dies on the leadership within its walls and you can often tell by the tone of a school what type of leader is at the helm. A good leader knows when to lead from the front, when to push from behind and when to be just ‘one of the crowd’.