SOL 1 (summer of learning 2016) trust
While getting ready for ShortCourse (a joint @bcpvpa and @ubced week long ‘summer camp’) a key word kept coming up: trust
It was present in the book I am re-reading; Simon Sineks Leaders Ear Last. It came up during an activity for the facilitators. It came up during table talks. Trust cannot be undervalued when coming up with attributes of leaders – especially in education.
One of my teachers from the school I am leaving made it clear to me: she has done some amazing work because she trusted that I had her back if it went wrong (and to celebrate when it went well). She may not have taken on so much leadership if we hadn’t trusted each other.
This is a week that we need to be vulnerable – to share our stories. Our fears. Our successes hopes and dreams. And knowing that “what happens at ShortCourse stays at ShortCourse” (except that none of it really does – the learning permeates ever school a district that has participants).
This is a week to experiment with leadership. To take advantage of the wisdom within the room. To learn from each other (and yes, the facilitators learn as much as the participants do) and with each other.
This is the week where we need to “trust the process”…… because the toughest question will be the first one: why are you (we) here at ShortCourse – and we need to be able to trust that we can take risks and be open in our conversations.
Trust – one of the most important leadership traits; tricky to gain yet easy to lose, and when lost….how to regain it?