A leader is best when people barely know he exists; when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. Lao Tsu
These words attributed to the Father of Taoism, echo the experiences of many women working in education. These are the women who lead every day, managing multiple tasks and responsibilities, quietly and carefully supporting and encouraging others to be their best.
In the last few weeks I have heard many women say they are not leaders or do not dream of becoming a ‘great’ leader. The paradox is that each one of these women are leading. Leading their families and circle of influence; leading colleagues, their students and their organization.
Leadership doesn’t always come with a job title, a role description and remuneration package. Leadership can manifest itself in many ways and I am still exploring what this looks like for women in education.
Tell me, what does it look like for you?