ACTE Techniques January 2012 : Page 10

L EADERSHI p M Att ERS Stepping Up to Leadership wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done. At first glance, this story may seem a little extreme regarding leadership in career and technical education; it is not. CTE is at a crossroads. Do those in CTE—instructors, administrators and students—step up to the challenge by promoting CTE and the programs, training and education it provides to learners across this country? Or do they remain silent and hope somebody will tackle the issue by writing, e-mailing and talking to policymakers and business leaders at the local, state and national levels? Characteristics of Good Leaders Leadership in the 21st century can take on many forms and styles. In reviewing articles and books on leadership, several common characteristics emerge, and many CTE instructors, administrators and students possess these characteristics but do not necessarily utilize them to fully promote CTE. These traits include enthu-siasm, goal-oriented, visionary/forward thinking, confidence, commitment to ex -cellence, and service to the greater good. Enthusiasm is often associated with passion. When asked, “What do you do?” how does one respond? A CTE leader enthusiastically shares what CTE is, the activities happening inside and outside of the classroom, how great the school year is going, and how great the students/ learners are performing. There is often a smile on the leader’s face and a twinkle in his or her eye as he or she discusses what is done to prepare students to compete in today’s global economy. Leaders are goal-oriented and visionary. Goals for the classroom, department, school, state/ national association are always at the PHOTO By ISTOCK.COM By Coleen C. Keffeler CAREER AND tECHNICAL EDUCA-tION (CTE) is at the forefront of educa-Many of you are familiar with the following parable: This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody tion reform and preparing skilled workers for the workplace. Congressional and business leaders are talking about jobs to re-energize the economy; leaders in CTE need to share the message about how CTE programs are training and prepar-ing learners to step in to reinvigorate the economy. These leaders are the instruc-tors, administrators and students of CTE programs. 10 Techniques Januar y 2012

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