I ran across this quote recently in a completely different context.
You cannot lead strangers, you can only coerce or bribe them.I’m not saying that I necessarily completely agree with this quote (part of what I’m pondering), but it has me thinking about the quote in relation to the following.
School Reform/Transformation: How much chance of success does this have when implemented from a Federal or State level? Or sometimes, even from a district level (particularly in larger school districts)? I believe strongly that we need systemic reform, not just pockets-of-excellence reform, yet can that really occur at any kind of scale?
Online Classes: How do you “lead” in a virtual or even hybrid class setting? How realistic is it that you can overcome being “strangers” without that fairly regular face-to-face contact? Is it necessary to lead in a classroom (physical, hybrid, or virtual)?
Personal Learning Networks: I believe strongly in PLN’s, and I’m not abandoning that, but in terms of leading others and effecting change, can you do that successfully? I feel like many folks in my PLN aren’t “strangers,” but they aren’t quite “known” or “friends” either.
Speaking/Consulting: Can someone come in from afar and “lead” in any meaningful way? I have five more of these scheduled between now and the end of June, and I’m not backing out, but I’m seriously considering not accepting any more of them because I’m not sure it’s very effective. If I’m not part of the solution, then I’m part of the problem.