Your Name and Title: Dr. Patrick Faverty, lecturer, educational leadership, educational technology
Apple Distinguished Educator
School: Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, UC Santa Barbara
Name(s): Country from Which You Will Present: USA
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience: School and district leaders
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Think Global, Act Local: Transforming Local Leadership for Global Awareness
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Global Awareness has been acknowledged by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills as a 21st century interdisciplinary theme to understand and address global issues, learn from and work collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, religions and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue in personal, work and community contexts, and, understand other nations and cultures, including the use of non-English languages.
Local educational leaders who wish to connect to this greater perspective of global awareness, would be well served by considering the tenets of transformational leadership. The primary function of the session will be to engage the participants in a collective dialogue to frame these transformational issues utilizing a global perspective.
Clearly the leader who commands compelling causes has an extraordinary potential influence over followers.
James MacGregor Burns, The History of Transformational Leadership
From Wikipedia: Transformational leadership enhances the motivation, morale and performance of followers through a variety of mechanisms. These include connecting the follower's sense of identity and self to the mission and the collective identity of the organization; being a role model for followers that inspires them; challenging followers to take greater ownership for their work, and understanding the strengths and weaknesses of followers, so the leader can align followers with tasks that optimize their performance.
Leadership expert and presidential biographer, James MacGregor Burns, initially introduced the concept of transformational leadership. According to Burns, transformational leadership can be seen when "leaders and followers make each other to advance to a higher level of moral and motivation." Through the strength of their vision and personality, transformational leaders are able to inspire followers to change expectations, perceptions and motivations to work towards common goals.
Later, researcher Bernard M. Bass expanded upon Burns original ideas to develop what is today referred to as Bass’ Transformational Leadership Theory. According to Bass, transformational leadership can be defined based on the impact that it has on followers. Transformational leaders, Bass suggested, garner trust, respect and admiration from their followers.
The Components of Transformational Leadership Bass also suggested that there were four different components of transformational leadership.
1 Burns, J.M. (1978). Leadership. N.Y: Harper and Raw.
2 Bass,B. M,(1985). Leadership and Performance. N. Y,: Free Press.
3 Riggio, R.E. (2009, March 24). Are you a transformational leader. Psychology Today. Found online at http://blogs.psychologytoday.com/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/20090...
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Please allow me to further outline what this discussion will be about. Transformational leadership is primarily linked to personal transformation as a leader. As educational leaders it is our task and primary responsibility to prepare our students for their future. Increasingly our students' future is attached to global issues. It stands to reason therefore that true transformational change as a leader warrants consideration of how each of us develop our personal awareness and connection to key global issues.
This discussion will include further consideration of the personal transformational process to the end goal of transforming our schools/districts/agencies forward, increasing our global awareness for all involved.