Issue of August 12, 2018

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Because teachers are leaders too


One of the many roles assumed by teachers is being a leader, not only to his colleagues but also to his students.

The Cambridge dictionary defines leader as a “person who manages or controls other people.” The question is, can we become good leaders to our students and to our colleagues? Definitely.

As leaders of our students, we should be the first to obey school rules and regulations. By simply wearing uniforms and entering our classes on time, we are already setting a good example to them. If our students see that we are following school rules, they will do it, too. Isn’t it that when we disobey school rules, our students would say “Aramiden tayo met, ni sir tupay”?

We are being looked upon by our students. If we want them to become good citizens, we must show them how to become one through our actions.

This is also true with our colleagues. As a leader, we lead by example. We come to school on time and submit reports on time. I guess we also have to show our colleagues that we are the kind of leaders they can depend on. I have read that as good leaders, we acknowledge the strengths of our subordinates and help them sort out their weaknesses. At times that we need to decide on matters, we should be firm with our decisions and be assertive as well. Yes, there are times that we need to make a call that we don’t want to do but as leaders, we should always think of the greater good. We can also ask for our colleagues’ advice because certainly, they can help us. Even with the authority given to us, we should remain humble and not act as if only we know everything. Let’s create an atmosphere where we can all work together.

They say that good leaders inspire other people. Through our actions, let’s inspire our students and colleagues to do more, learn more, and become more.

While being a leader can be challenging, it is also rewarding. As a quote says, “Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader. They set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role – always about the goal.”


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