“A leader these days needs to be a host — one who convenes diversity; who convenes all viewpoints in creative processes where our mutual intelligence can come forth.”
Margaret Wheatley, The Berkana Institute
The days of hero leaders are well and truly over! As leaders in Lutheran learning communities we know only too well the challenges we face leading in times of exponential change. It is clear that we need to create effective ways of convening the viewpoints of all of our stakeholders for ‘collective intelligence towards wise action’.
Throughout the LEA document ‘Growing deep’ are references to the importance of collaboration and connectivity: “Excellence is pursued through a culture of reflection, collaboration, innovation and creativity” (Ongoing improvement and innovation), “Positive strategic partnerships are developed and maintained with students, families, local Christian communities, the broader community and Lutheran education. The relationships are built upon support, collaboration, trust and reconciliation.” (Community Building), “Best practice is built upon effective collaboration between the governing body, staff, students, families, church and others.” (Leading effective organisation and management).
Engaging purposefully, intentionally and respectfully the voice of all members of the learning community requires more than just a technical solution but also an adaptive approach. This is where the capabilities from Growing deep provide guidance and areas for strengthening, for each of us working in LESNW learning communities.
This year LESNW has been supporting leaders to connect, reflect and collaborate, through the facilitation of two learning labs for principals. We have been supporting the senior leadership groups including Christian studies, to take a lab approach, developing personal mastery, team learning and system thinking to unleash personal and collective innovation and improvement. Schools including Navigator, Encounter, Living Waters Warnbro, Unity College, Immanuel Primary School, Good Shepherd Darwin Junior School campuses and Tatachilla Lutheran College are also exploring an awareness-based system thinking approach within leadership teams, and staff teams.
In the coming weeks there will be further exploration with leaders from the learning labs, and the LESNW Board to ensure that we are a “collaborative team enabling, encouraging and supporting our learning communities to be thriving, innovative providers of quality education in a Lutheran context” (LESNW mission and vision) for the emerging future.
If you would like further information about this approach, or you are interested in engaging as a leader or with a leadership team at your learning community, do not hesitate to contact Mignon Weckert or John Proeve.
Educational Leadership Director