BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

School prin­ci­pals are given the au­thor­ity to man­age a school for a max­i­mum of five years. With that du­ra­tion of time, they have the power to make a dif­fer­ence in a cer­tain school as­signed to them. Tough and wise ones en­joy their stay and vic­to­ri­ously cel­e­brate their suc­cess in ac­com­plish­ing their goal. Sadly, there are some who gives up and bent over the chal­lenges they face and ask for a trans­fer, which is the eas­i­est way out.

Hats off to those lead­ers who re­ally works hard to ex­cel in the school where they are in­stalled. The char­ac­ters of a great leader are well prac­ticed. It would take good work­ing re­la­tion­ship to stake­hold­ers, like the stu­dents, teach­ers es­pe­cially the par­ents who be­come a sup­port sys­tem of a pub­lic school. It would take ap­pro­pri­ate de­ci­sion mak­ing skills to em­ploy in­no­va­tions and cre­ativ­ity. To in­spire sub­or­di­nates to work with glad­ness and to em­power them to bring out the best in them is an­other qual­ity to em­u­late among th­ese suc­cess­ful lead­ers. There are a lot more traits which can be added to the list such as be­ing a good com­mu­ni­ca­tor, be­ing a vi­sion­ary leader, be­ing a op­ti­mistic and the list goes on.

On the other hand, a great push is needed by those lead­ers whose in­stant so­lu­tion to a com­pli­cated prob­lem is to es­cape or to move to an­other sta­tion with dif­fer­ent peo­ple to work with, in a dif­fer­ent set­ting. Though in re­al­ity, pub­lic school set­ting will al­ways be the same. It’s just how we look at the dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives of the set­ting and how we turn neg­a­tive sce­nar­ios into pos­i­tive ones.

Bloom where you are planted. Take a look at the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able at hand and start work­ing on de­vel­op­ing th­ese. Some­times we may be fo­cus­ing only on the flaws of the teach­ers with­out look­ing at their strengths that are wait­ing to be cul­ti­vated. As a school head, one would have to know the peo­ple he/she is work­ing with, their strong points, skills, tal­ents and even their per­sonal life. Know­ing all th­ese will help in tap­ping them and help them give their best. As­sign tasks which will bring out the best in them, thus giv­ing them the chance to shine.

Rec­og­niz­ing them by giv­ing awards will also boost their morale, hence help­ing them build con­fi­dence. Learn to be gen­er­ous in giv­ing praises pub­licly but rep­ri­mand pri­vately, this way the teacher will feel re­spected. Com­men­da­tions and com­pli­ments must be given with all hon­esty and truth­fully.

It’s not al­ways easy start­ing to lead a school with an ex­ist­ing cul­ture, where peo­ple have their own ways in do­ing things and stuck to those ways for a long pe­riod of time. How­ever, if sin­cer­ity in serv­ing is seen in their leader, if the pas­sion in work is shown, if com­mit­ment is vis­i­ble in his/her ac­tions and if char­ac­ter is dis­played, then there is no rea­son why a leader will not bloom in the place where he/she is planted.

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I Sto. To­mas Na­tional High School

Prin­ci­pal

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