What a winter! My final course of 2016 at San Diego State was Visionary Leadership, with Alex Gonzalez (HSHMC Technology Coordinator) and Ian Pumpian (San Diego State College of Education EDD Program Director). This was one of the best classes in my Master of Educational Leadership program at SDSU.
This particular course focused on my vision as a leader, what brought me to that thinking, and where I see myself going. Of all the courses I have taken so far, this course challenged my thinking as it was very personal. It required that I look back at my past, think about what helped shape who I am today, shape my leadership style, and so much more. We spent time reflecting on leadership habits, school culture and crafting a leadership platform.
The neat part about the leadership habit reflection was reflecting of course, but also thinking about the impact of those habits and how to share that positive impact with others. Like the other classes, there were numerous opportunities to think of ways to apply the topics of habits, culture and even the leadership platform to AAS. While I did share my own leadership platform, it truly is a work in process ... as I believe in life-long learning and growing, which affords the opportunity for the platform to grow and expand. If you view the platform, please share questions, comments and overall feedback ... it is part of the process of growth.
It is truly rewarding to be able to learn with my cohort, my peers! Thank you Dr. Pumpian, Mr. Gonzalez, and my cohort, for another great semester at SDSU!
In my EDL 610 course, which is Visionary Leadership, we are spending time learning, teaching and demonstrating the Habits of Highly Effective Learners by Stephan Covey. This week, the final topic is on sharpening the saw.
An interesting quote by Abraham Lincoln was shared: "If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first four hours sharpening the axe." The idea is preparing for the long game, and to get ahead and stay ahead of the curve. An example was also shared ... tending to the garden. This is not a single day activity, but a daily activity if it is to be a successful and flourishing garden. This habit is about learning, growing, experiencing.
When it comes to making a commitment on this notion of sharpening the saw, my commitment is to continue to be a supporter of life-long learning. I will strive to look for ways to stay current in my profession, and encourage my peers to seek opportunities to enhance their skill-sets. We can keep the saw sharp by continiously learning, from one another, through workshops, and other available means.
The idea that I'll stop when I am dead holds true, especially with this habit of sharpening the saw. If I am not learning, if I am not growing, I'll be stuck in place and the world, and those unique experiences, will pass me by. The saw must remain sharp, to be effective in both the personal and professional realms.
J.J. Lewis - a blog sharing the journey throughout SDSU's MA.EL. program.