In his book, ESSENTIAL LESSONS FOR SCHOOL LEADERS, Joseph Murphy stated: "Leaders are for good reasons, characterized as fire fighters. They are portrayed as running around, often frenetically, putting out fires in their schools and districts. They are also taught to believe that when all the fires are extinguished and calmness prevails, the organization is in good order. This is an error. Effective leaders are adept at starting fires (e.g., creating a sense of urgency for needed action) and managing fires (e.g., keeping initiatives in play) as they are in putting out fires (e.g., squelching a problem)."
I believe that a leader needs to collaborate and participate in intentional conversations with all of the various constituencies within the district and community in order to create and work towards a vision for the district. Though there will be challenges during the year, the leader must continue to be proactive in inspiring the staff and community members to ensure that the focus of all stays on the vision which has been created.
What do you think?