Our post covid-19 world will take some bedding in for lessons to be learned.
However, Dan Rockwell's poster statement (above) bears thinking about right now, as he says - Leadership is all about people, now more than ever.
Why is forward-facing kindness important?
Because education is all about relationships.
George Couros also mentioned this in a recent blogpost:
"You have a focus on relationships first (staff and students). – One of my favorite principals in the world stated that if you were exceptional with connections but weak with content, you could last a longer in education than if the reverse is true. Of course, we want educators with both, but focusing on the relationship piece is paramount, this goes beyond students as well. I know some very gifted educators, who are great with children but struggle with other adults. The focus is on finding school teachers, educators that are focused on the benefit of every child in the school, not only ones they teach directly. If the word “relationships” does not come up in your interview, I would be concerned."
Relationships and communication. Without those two elements, good will struggles to exist.
Have a think about how you were treated during covid-19.
See what I mean? Relationships right?!