Tuesday, August 7, 2012

CEDO 565 - Week 1: Follow the Leader


I'm a workhorse. I thrive doing things in the background, preferably uninterrupted so I can just get it done and move on to the next. My rise to Administrator at my current employ is partially due to this. I found things that needed to be done and I did them. I've done this in every position I've had. There you have it. Now I'm stuck because now I know everything and know how to do everything and I'm the one who did it.

Top Down

I'm stuck because my place of employ is mostly a dictatorial oligarchy. I'm often a yes man though sometimes I try to play the king's fool (some kings used the jester to relate to them the true feelings of the people through muse because the king did not have access to this information being isolated and surrounded by aristocracy and yes men). I often compare myself to Radar from M*A*S*H; I run the place without being in charge. I'm also stuck in the middle and those beneath and beside me overestimate my influence.

Just recently, myself and several others in leadership all agreed on an item, based on financial considerations from one perspective. The top however based the decision on a different financial perspective and it was the final word without any further reasonable discussion after I begged to differ.
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We're too small to protest. What? We want the kids to miss school? No. We just plod along hoping to make lemonade.


The survey says .... I'm a structural kind of guy and this is true. I'm not inspirational, placating or diplomatic. I can be a good director and am getting better at trying to delegate. Without rehashing past gripes though, I really haven't had time to lead. I'm still a workhorse, but with a title.

However, there are certain areas, such as technology, where I do have freedom and have lead there where I could. Due to several variables and conditions, I just get to make a choice by myself because there is no team, committee or anyone else remotely qualified to give input. Then I try to lead with my choice. Perhaps through this course I will find avenues to lead that I didn't see on my map before.


  1. I imagine your position, someone who knows all the ins and outs of how things run, is one that can be found in lots of schools. There frequently seems to be one or a few people behind all the things actually getting done. While it does have a lot to do with the work ethic of those people, it speaks poorly for the leadership. If one or two people taking a sick day puts things at risk, there's a problem with organization and delegation from the top.

  2. I too am a work horse. I like to work and get the job done. If we can lead by example then I guess that we will make great leaders, mainly by accident. It is also good to have people who know what to do when it is time to work. Watch out or you may end up being a vocal leader without knowing it!