A leader knows the way, goes the way and shows the way

Mr. Prayas Dalal

Director, Delhi Scholars International School , Delhi

Education has undergone a paradigm shift. Teaching the 21st century millennial is not an easy task pertaining to the changing trends in the global learning environment. The jobs like naturalists, respiratory therapist, robot mechanic, e waste managers, environment conservationists etc which didn’t exist several years ago are in demand now. Preparing the students for these jobs require imparting of critical thinking, innovative, creative, collaborative skills among the students rather than just depending on the rote learning techniques. In such a scenario, the leadership role has become even more challenging. The leaders need to lead from the heart and align vision with passion and unite people. They are driven by passion not egos, see failure as a growth point and ask what we have learnt from this and plan next steps. They are ready embrace change and innovation. They use data analysis to inform decision making, they are solution oriented, proactive and non-reactive. They empower others and unleash the passion.

A good leader maximises opportunities for the students and teachers to be successful. S/he advocates for the school and delivers solutions to the aspirations and demands of parents and the wider community. S/he inspires people and makes a strong difference with the usage of organizational knowledge, data, scheduling. Great leaders need to have positive beliefs and high expectations from the people working with them and should motivate and encourage them incessantly. They should have the complete knowledge of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of each and every employee and should optimise their potential with a set plan.

The leader of the school decides the learning environment. The school takes on the personality of their leader. If s/he is full of energy, excitement and enthusiasm, the teachers will be energized to teach and the students will be excited about learning. The leader can either extinguish a flame of positivity or ignite a flame of hope. The leader is responsible for the culture, ethos and mood of the school or any organization.

The role of a leader begins with setting directions, developing people, stimulate them intellectually, provide them with individual support, redesigning the organization, strengthen the school’s culture, build collaborative processes and has ends with learning and doing more.

Today’s leader is a reader, a change maker, a catalyst, a strategist, and a role model. The society in which instances of crimes like rapes are increasing, suicidal rates are rising steeply, there is an increase in the number of children with special needs due to broken homes, changing life style; the role of a leader becomes even more demanding. The leader should be more of a facilitator who encourages dialogues that ask what learning outcomes we want to accomplish, what tools and resources we require to help the teachers and students to achieve them, what preparation we need to ensure to attain the outcomes, how will we measure the effectiveness of these tools.

Education is the most powerful tool to change the world and nothing is permanent except change. The leader today is more prepared to welcome the change and influence all the stakeholders (parents, students and teachers) to readily accept the change.

Mr. Prayas Dalal

Director, Delhi Scholars International School , Delhi