• Superintendent Expectations

  • 1. Child Centered
  • 2. Respectful
  • 3. Visible
  • 4. Organized
  • 5. Enthusiastic
  • 6. Communicator
  • 7. Collaborative
  • 8. Positive Role Model
  • 9. Forgiving
  • 10. Professional
  • 11. Proactive
  • 12. Positive
  • Be Proactive Icon EXPECTATION #11:

    Here are 7 key ways to increase being Proactive as a leader:

    1. Proactive Leaders are Solution-Focused - The most effective way to handle a problem is to focus on finding a solution. Focusing on things that are out of your control is a waste of time, so focus on what you can control with the final outcome. Your team will learn to approach problems and solutions effectively if you lead by example.

    2. Proactive Leaders are Accountable - the best way to increase your personal accountability is an ongoing habitual commitment to yourself and what is important to you by continually choosing consciously to take ownership and responsibility for your life, taking action, and removing the blocks such as excuses, and holding yourself accountable first and foremost.

    3. Proactive Leaders Use “SMART” Goals - This acronym has been around for a long time and its meaning varies, but the basic concept works across all areas of life.
      • S: Specific (Pick something particular instead of using a broad category.)
      • M: Measurable (Choose something you can quantify.)
      • A: Attainable (You should actually be able to reach this, and it may just require the right steps.)
      • R: Realistic (Be honest – it’s probably unrealistic to say you will go from making $10,000 to being a billionaire in one year.)
      • T: Timely (Give each goal a timeframe to create a sense of urgency.)
    1. Proactive Leaders make their Own Luck - Being successful is not about having the right kind of luck or expecting the right break to come your way. It is not about the mere expectation that you will succeed. It is about taking steps every day to be better than you were the day before by moving in a positive, forward trajectory. Make a blueprint and set out milestones for yourself in specific timeframes, or you are not going to hit your goal.

    2. Proactive Leaders are Consistent - Ultimately, success is not about getting everything right. It is about being consistent. Are you consistently and persistently taking steps every day to steadily move toward your goal? Do you stop making progress or do you continue on when you encounter a seemingly insurmountable problem? Be consistent in what you do.

    3. Proactive Leaders find the Right People - Surrounding yourself with driven, effective people is a proven way to help you succeed. Proximity can be an excellent motivator. You get to choose between driven people and people who will drag you down.

    4. Proactive Leaders are Honest - Be humble and take a hard look at what you are doing and how you are doing it. Be completely honest with yourself about what is not working instead of making excuses. It is easy to stay busy and tell yourself you are taking the right steps, but it is harder to be honest if you are not actually making progress.