Talents + Passions = Purpose
Dr. Brad Johnson is one of the most dynamic and engaging speakers in the fields of education and leadership. He is author of the international release, What Schools Don't Teach: 20 Ways to Help Students Excel in School and in Life (Routledge), and From School Administrator to School Leader: 15 Keys to Maximizing Your Leadership Potential (Routledge, July 2015).
Thoughts on Education
In the past several decades, there are 2 major issues which have negatively affected education and thus negatively affected our students.
1. Standardized testing has created a culture where we focus on student weaknesses rather than their talents or strengths. However, when their talents and strengths are focused upon, students are more engaged, have more confidence, and are willing to take risks, which ultimately leads to more success in school and life.
2. Testing has also made learning a very sedentary endeavour. Physical Education, recess, and other physical activites have all but disappeared from schools. Yet research is clear that students, and all animals for that matter, learn better when there is a body to brain connection. Research further shows that active learning improves focus, reduces misbehavior, and imrpoves academics of students. For example, students don't necessarily hate math, but hate sitting and doing worksheets all class period.
Thoughts on Leadership:
"Leadership is the ability to influence those you have the capacity to influence."
"A school is influenced more by its culture than rules and policies, but it is the leadership that influences that culture."
I had the incredible opportunity to interview several top leadership experts from around the globe. These included experts from business, sports, military and educational fields.
One theme they all had in common was to identify themselves as Servant Leaders.
Servant leaders aren't weak leaders, but rather they are the most competent and confident type of leader because they are willing to develop those they lead and empower them to become leaders as well.
Most leaders are transactional leaders who lead with a reward vs punishment mentality. However, this is the least effective style of leadership.