5 Characteristics of Intuitive Leaders

I recently re-read Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman and reflected on the many decisions I make as a school leader that are based on intuition. Don’t misunderstand me. I use reliable “evidence” for most critical decisions, and in a few instances,have been reluctantly stuck in the “paralysis by analysis” mode. I trust my intuition and am continuing to learn and grow with it.

Intuitive Leaders have a greater awareness of their surroundings, circumstances, events and other peoples ideas. Leadership intuition is a developed skill. Intuition is a gathering of information and experience. Many people might view this as a “feeling” or a “hunch”. I believe it’s–experience reapplied. This is especially important with our experiences with people. We are taught to believe that if we can’t measure it, it doesn’t exist. In most cases, human behavior cannot be measured, even though it IS real. Our leadership intuition grows when we observe people’s behavior, synthesize it and reapply it!

  1. Intuitive leaders risk trusting their hunches. They value their experiences.
  2. Intuitive leaders use holistic thinking. Their experiences have taught them to see past an isolated case, but the Big Picture.
  3. Intuitive leaders are most successful in dealing with the unexpected and the unpredictable. The unexpected happens on a weekly basis with school leaders.
  4. Intuitive leaders often ask themselves, “Does it feel right”. They assess, synthesize and apply. Isn’t this what we want our students to learn?
  5. Intuitive leaders understand that intuition is natural AND learnable.
What are your thoughts?

5 Reasons to Host a Conference

The summer of 2013 was a typical summer complete with a mini-vacation in Northern New Hampshire, trips to Hampton beach and of course professional development. Our school has used Google applications for several years. This was the summer I vowed to become more proficient with Google educational apps.

I also discovered Google Summits featuring Google for Education. This group presents Google trainings throughout the world. They have not, until recently, presented a conference in Vermont. Our High School took on the challenge of hosting the 1st Vermont Google Summit on March 28,29 and 30th, 2014. Over 200 educators from New England, Colorado, Ohio and Florida were in attendance. This successful experience is one I would love to relive with my colleagues. What’s next on our campus? How about a Vermont Edcamp 🙂

5 great reasons to host an educational conference at your school include:

1. Opportunity to Learn From Others. 

2. Opportunity to share your thoughts, experiences and present workshops with others.

3. Provide a sense of community with like minded colleagues.

4. Exploit the positive qualities about your school and region.

5. Network, Network, Network!

I would love to hear about your experiences with hosting education conferences in your school!