Collective expertise, ideas, shared decision-making...Vision
Collective expertise, ideas, shared decision-making...Vision

Standard 7: Micropolitical Leadership

Summary: The school executive will build systems and relationships that utilize the staff's diversity, encourage constructive ideological conflict in order to leverage staff expertise, power and influence to realize the school's vision for success. The executive will also creatively employ an awareness of staff's professional needs, issues, and interests to build social cohesion and to facilitate distributed governance and shared decision-making.

Examples of Standard 7 from The Chronicles of Narnia:

In "The Chronicles of Narnia" there are a number of factions with varied interests; the Telmarines, Miraz, the Narnians, Jardis, the Pevensies and Prince Caspian. The challenge for Peter and his siblings is to "build social cohesion, to facilitate distributed governance and shared decision-making." As Prince Caspian comes to know and work with the Narnians, he begins to share these goals for both his people, the Telmarines, and the Narnians. Miraz and Jardis do not share these goals. Their only concern is to gain as much power for themselves as possible and they will use people to this end. They do not want a kingdom of distributed leadership or shared decision-making. Peter and his sibling (the "Kings and Queens of Old) along with Prince Caspian recognized and respect the diversity in the kingdom and seek ways in which to utilize it in a constructive manner. They understand that the diversity in their kingdom brings skills and knowledge that they as leaders need to recognize and use (staff expertise) to help their people and kingdom succeed. They want to create a kingdom in which "internal stakeholder voices are heard and respected." As leaders they are aware of the many different groups (Dwarves, Centaurs, MinoTaurs, Fauns, talking animals, talking trees, etc.) and the importance of utilizing this awareness to understand the varied "needs, issues and interests" of these groups in order to help "build social cohesion." They are also aware that there seems to be "hidden and potentially discordant" issues within some factions, and they must maintain an awareness of this to ensure that these issues do not become insurmountable problems. They act proactively. They maintain a "high visibility" so that their followers see them as accessible, along with open communication. As leaders they must have the "ability to predict what could go wrong from day to day" especially during a time of war.

Aslan has all of these leadership attributes and it is through his guidance that the Pevensies and Prince Caspian gain these skills and the knowledge of how to use them for the benefit of their followers. Aslan does what every good leader should do, he helps others to gain leadership skills and passes on his knowledge to help them grow. A good leader does not fear others becoming leaders, but celebrates when they gain the skills, knowledge, confidence and humility to be leaders that people want to follow.

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