My Leadership Strengths

Emily Sperfslage

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My Strengths

  • Achiever: I am hard-working and take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.
  • Focus: I can take direction, follow through, and make the corrections necessary to stay on track. I prioritize, then act.
  • Input: I always want to know more. I like to collect and archive all kinds of information. Also, I apparently sometimes use words that people find hard to understand. :)
  • Intellection: I am introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.
  • Learner: I have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. I'm more interested in the learning than the outcome.
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How can I use these strengths as a teacher leader? How can it help me work with others?

  • Since I am such an overachiever and a fast worker, it's important for me to take a breath, make sure I remember that I am still a learner, and take the time to recognize what others can do to support our team.
  • I need to use my energy and drive to inspire others to want to achieve and share responsibility for outcomes.
  • Since I tend to get overwhelmed by all of the self-created tasks, I need to show compassion to those I care most about by putting one personal relationship goal on my list of things to do.
  • I can built trust by being sure that all of the information I present is up to date and accurate.
  • I should provide stability by not only sharing my long-term goals, but giving those involved my assurance that they are valued and needed.
  • It is vital that I create hope in others by re-framing questions for them, including them in dialogue, and allowing for plenty of give and take in conversations.
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So...how can understanding my strengths help me as a teacher leader?

  • Mentoring. Just like what we see in this video, teaching is extremely overwhelming, and my job as a mentor is not one I take lightly.
  • Since I know I am organized, focused, and enjoy learning, I can use these strengths as a mentor. Being organized (achieving) will help me to keep Scott with clear lesson plans, checklists, and expectations. Hopefully I can help him get a better handle on all of the things that come along with being a teacher.
  • As a focused intellectual, I know that I enjoy learning and keeping up to date with the latest information. This can help me be a good PLC member in that I will (and do) enjoy reading up on, and sharing, best practice.
  • Part of my Input strength is that I enjoy intellectual discussions, which I can lead.
  • Knowing that sometimes my "strengths" can give me tunnel vision, I will be more purposeful about including others in conversation, and giving others the feeling of value that I know they deserve.