"I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it."
I believe that my place on this earth is to create solutions for equity and personal empowerment in traditionally marginalized populations--and that vision is unwavering. I am continually focusing on creating innovative ideas that can be logically applied to enhance the human condition through improved outcomes in academic and non-cognitive aspects. I believe that individuals can be empowered to own and control their own outcomes, which is a driving force behind what motivates me to participate in social, academic, and technological developments for specific populations in order to make a significant contribution towards systemic change in their conditions. I believe in the power of individuality and creativity and a strong faculty of self-reliance to go against the grain to carve new paths so I can continue to focus on projects and activities that are truly important and meaningful to my fundamental values as an educational professional. I believe that organizations and institutions can and must collaborate for effective means at arriving at innovative growth on both societal and scholastic arenas. And candidly, I believe in not settling for anything less than excellence in my endeavors, including demonstrating the ability to be able to admit personal faults and finding the courage to continue to learn and change.
My goal is to ultimately create innovative solutions to intransigent problems facing our society in academic and social domains by leveraging technology to improve the human condition, particularly for disadvantaged communities.
In the past I have often found my identity as an English and ESL teacher in urban education predefined to the approach of servant leadership, which Northouse (2013) characterized as placing the good of followers over the leaders' self-interests. But, I was simply following the paths that others have charted for myself and my students. Though I had the personal characteristic to make and execute decisions that would have meaningful impact, I would never be an agent of change simply "following the leader." I realized I need to continually modify my practices if I am going to instigate a change in the others I lead, as well as a crucial change in circumstance for others.
Consequently, I redefined my approach to leadership in light of this recognition, as transformational leaders are "change agents who are good role models, who can create and articulate a clear vision for an organization, empower followers to meet higher standards, who act in ways that make others want to trust them, and who give meaning to organizational life" (Northouse, 2013). I believe that fervent, dynamic leadership has never been more requisite. Being able to encourage, inspire, and motivate individuals to innovate, collaborate, and institute technologies that will help themselves grow and shape the future outcomes of their lives and communities is what drives me. Transformative actions lead to the considerable and incremental distinctions that our students and society needs. Thinking about change simply does not will it to happen. I make it happen. Transformative lead. This is why I am on a doctoral journey in Educational Technology Leadership at NJCU to carve paths where there are none.
Northouse, P. (2013). Leadership Theory and Practice (Sixth ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
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