Half of today's lecture was on leadership - a topic I found helpful to hear about as I am training to become a teacher. Here are my insights on the way teachers need to be leaders.
Teachers can lead most effectively through relationship. Students will not respond to authoritarian leadership to the same effectiveness as leadership which values people. It is important for teachers to develop a rapport with the students in their class in order to guide them through their learning.
I think that it is important for teacher to have the traits put forward in the 'Great Person Theory.' They need to be ambitious and energetic, they need contextual knowledge, they need to have a desire to lead students, have honesty and integrity and to be self confident and intelligent.
Teachers cannot be followers (at least in the context of a classroom). They need to have the motivation and vision to inspire and direct students into realms of learning that they have never experienced yet need to conquer.
Many teachers I have experienced lack vision and a drive to get up and inspire people. They have no enthusiasm and little energy for what they do. This makes them very ineffective.
I believe that they most effective teachers are the ones who naturally fill their role as a leader, a leader in learning.