Leadership & Education Philosophy

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Steadfast dedication towards adding value to the lives of others

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Relationships are Central
Greet Each Day With Optimism
Maintain Integrity among My Actions
Work Hard and Accept Responsibility
Value Others and What They Have to Offer
Make Choices that Utilize both My Heart & Head
Constantly Seek Knowledge & Growth Opportunities
Maintain Perseverance in Pursuing and Accomplishing Goals

And most of all…
Accept the path I have taken, Enjoy the opportunities it presents, and be Enthusiastic about where it will lead!

A good leader is also an educator.

I believe learning environments should be:

inclusive
engaging
transformational
judgement free, and
fun.

My 3 Foundational Learning Theories

Knowles’s model of Andragogy has been noted as foundational to understanding adult learning and I don’t want to ignore that. However I wanted to explore a bit more in-depth learning theories that transcend into theories of leadership.

I feel that the choices we make in life have consequences, good or bad, and are fundamentally important in determining our direction in life. Sometimes those choices lead us in a direction that is not where we “should” be going and has placed us at a crossroads of sorts where we must critically reflect on our position to facilitate a change in direction getting us back to making the “good” choices.

Other times, events happen that are out of our control which fundamentally alter our perceptions and meanings associated with life. As adults we are faced with many challenges and responsibilities that can become almost impossible to bear alone. Learning from the experiences of others within a particular community of peers experiencing the same challenges creates a support mechanism that empowers individuals to reflect on whether or not the choices and consequences of others are relevant to their own situation.

I chose the following theories as a start. As my education continues and my personal introspection of myself as a leader increases I suspect that these will continue to evolve along with my experiences.

  1. Glasser’s Choice Theory
  2. Mezirow’s Transformational Learning Theory
  3. Lave and Wenger’s Communities of Practice

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