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Driving Dynamic Schools: A Leader's Strategy for Positive Change

Updated: Jan 12

As leaders, we're on a relentless quest to make a difference. Sometimes the impact is clear, other times it's a quiet transformation. Leadership is a balance – a dance between making tough decisions for the greater good and inspiring our teams to embrace these choices, even when they're hard to digest.


The Gallup Organization has gifted us with insights into employee engagement. These 12 Elements are more than metrics; they're beacons guiding our leadership journey:


*I know what is expected of me at work. 

*I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right. 

*At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day. 

*In the last seven days, I have received recognition or praise for doing good work. 

*My supervisor, or someone at work, seems to care about me as a person. 

*There is someone at work who encourages my development. 

*At work, my opinions seem to count. 

*The mission or purpose of my company makes me feel my job is important. 

*My associates or fellow employees are committed to doing quality work. 

*I have a best friend at work.

*In the last six months, someone at work has talked to me about my progress. 

*This last year, I have had opportunities at work to learn and grow.


In my tenure as a principal across varied schools, I discovered the magic of engagement through a simple yet profound tool – the Keep Doing, Stop Doing, Start Doing chart. This tool wasn't just about gathering feedback; it was about empowering voices, fostering a culture of collective leadership, and driving our school toward excellence.


Keep, Stop, Start Planning Tool


Here's my call to you: Embrace this tool. Use it regularly. Make it a cornerstone of your leadership. It's simple, it's effective, and it's transformative. Engage your team in the journey of school improvement, making each step a shared stride towards a brighter future.


Leadership isn't just about steering the ship. It's about rallying every individual to row in rhythm, turning the tide of change into a wave of success.


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