Effective Education Leaders are Self-Motivated
Motivated education leaders want to achieve above and beyond what is expected of them. It is just in their DNA. No one has to tell them to work hard, or to put in extra hours, they just do it. It is what separates great leaders from good leaders.
So, where does this motivation come from? It comes from their passion, pride, and the desire to help students grow up to be well-educated citizens. They understand that for their students to grow, they need to do all that they can to create an environment that is conducive to learning. This does not happen overnight. It takes months, if not years of hard work and dedication. I would compare it to building a house one day at a time, brick by brick. To complete your house of learning, you have to stay motivated and work hard each day.
Ok, what’s the secret to staying motivated
To succeed as an education leader, you need to be motivated, and no one else can do that for you except yourself. If you are an education leader that doesn’t possess a high motor or self-motivation, you may be asking yourself, how do I develop these skills? Thankfully, self-motivation is a skill that can be learned and perfected with focus and hard work.
When you wake up each morning, remind yourself why you do what you do. Why did I become an education leader? How can I better serve the school district I work for? I can’t answer these questions for you, but I know that the answers to these questions can be extremely motivational. I know because I used to perform the same exercise when I did not feel motivated to teach. You know, those days when you want to call in sick, but you force yourself to keep pushing on.
Self-care is pivotal
While staying motivated, make sure you create a self-care regimen. A self-care regimen is meant to keep your mind, body, and soul in equilibrium and to prevent you from burning out. It can mean mandatory relaxation time each day, weekly trips to the masseuse, making time for family, friends, hobbies, etc. Your self-care regimen can look however you would like it to look. Remember, it’s hard to stay motivated when you are constantly tired and burned out.