When I think of the word “leader,” some truly grand visions come to mind. Generals, presidents, dictators, activists, scientists, royalty–the list goes on and on. However, the more I think about what it means to be a leader, the more I realize this term should not be reserved just for those who charge battlefields or make great speeches. Leaders, truly, are everywhere.
John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” That means that a kid on the playground standing up to a bully for his friend is a leader. A parent working tirelessly to give his/her child every opportunity imaginable is a leader. A teacher going above and beyond the call of duty to meet the needs of her students is a leader.
Every single one of you is a leader because, every single day, you inspire your students to dream and learn more. You ask them to challenge themselves because you see the potential they have and everything they can be. Every single one of you is a leader because, every single day, you inspire your colleagues to do more. You push them to be better today than they were yesterday, creating a ripple effect of learning and teaching that touches your entire community.
TCEA recognizes the fact that our members are already leaders in their every day lives, and it is because of this that we provide the professional development resources and tools necessary to help you continue your personal and professional growth. With five excellent certification programs (21st Century Administrator, Campus Technology Specialist, Technology/IT Director, iPad, and Chromebook), Lunch and Learn and Get Your Google On webinars, and the TCEA Social Community, you are fully set up for success to continue on your path of leadership while inspiring those around you.
So, while you may not be a world leader, your ability to affect change in this world is truly unmatched. You are a leader, and we thank you for your inspiration.