LEADING FUTURE LEADERS
I am a leader, I lead future leaders.
As a young principal, the first consideration I had when I was just starting in the assumption of this new and enormous responsibility was the desire to do my best at making decisions for the welfare of the clientele and the community; to be a good leader, if not the best, to my team, the workforce of the school, both teaching and non-teaching; and to be a role model as a person in authority in this huge academic world as a principal. It is in this light that I made sure I work religiously. I burn the evening candle to learn the in and out of this great endeavor and responsibility. I ask ideas and advice from the institutions in the field. It is in knowing one’s duties and responsibilities where order starts. A good leader knows where to lead the flock and leads them there despite obstacles along the way. In my hands lie the welfare of the clientele and the community. I must not falter. But in the instance I fall short, my team is always behind me to take another route with the same end goal. This is the advantage of being a leader-principal rather than a manager: we build a team with one noble goal of paving the way for the production of learners who are MakaDiyos, Makatao, Makakalikasan at Makabansa.
I treat my team of teachers as my equal as I lead them. I am the person in authority but I make sure my followers believe in the noble goal I have in mind by communicating it with them, planning with them and for them, and by working it out with them. We make plans for them, too because it is a fact that they are the main men in this endeavor. Without them as a strong foundation, the tower will stumble and fall. This is why, as a leader-principal I look into the soul of my teachers. I make them build self-worth by realizing their skills and potentials and visualize the many wonderful things we can do for the school and the community if we will put all our strengths together as a team. I provide them with various opportunities to prove themselves worthy of the trust the government has given them. I persuade them to work for their success in the field of teaching while focusing on the one noble goal. They then learn to do it themselves, be the leader they are born to be and create future leaders in our students as well. As a principal, like a teacher I lead future leaders.
--oOo— The author is Principal I of Dona Asuncion Lee Integrated School