This is my second go at being part of the Awareness Based System Leadership Lab. I attempted this journey back in 2017 but somewhere along the line I just ‘fell off the train’. I guess it wasn’t the right season for me. Luckily this is a train that comes around more than once and having another opportunity to be part of this PD I jumped back on board and I’m very glad I did.
Through this process I’m learning about myself as a leader, my strengths and areas where I can definitely grow. We are encouraged to keep a journal of our reflections and as I look through it, I can see an emerging clarity around the shadows in my current leadership practices that I need to shine a light on. More importantly, I want to shine a light on those areas where there are opportunities for development. That’s one of the aspects of the lab that I really appreciate, there’s no judgement or competition around the process. It’s a really safe, supportive environment where I can share honestly with my peers. I love the feedback that I am getting and feel my contribution is valued too.
Currently I’m working on a goal of developing staff capability looking at ways in which staff can share the richness of their personal professional goals in a school culture of ‘share and shine’. Whereas previously I would have gone about this by telling staff how I think this could be achieved now I’m going about it totally differently through generative conversations. It’s far more exciting (and scary) to be co-creating a model with the staff but I am certain we will end up with a product far better than anything I could have imagined on my own.
So, this is where I am at for now. I’m a slow processor and I’ve had to ‘wrestle in the pit’ with some of the ideas and how to best apply them to my own context, but that’s okay. It’s not about being first to the finish line. This train is ongoing and I’m loving the journey.
Good Shepherd Lutheran School, Angaston