Leadership in the Digital Age
Change is definitely not a new concept for society to deal with, however the rate at which change is taking place in modern times is unprecedented. In his book, "Who Moved my Cheese," Spencer Johnson uses mice as an allegory to show how humans react to change. Ultimately he categorizes people into two groups - those who view change as an opportunity and those who view change as a threat. While perhaps the 20th century allowed for your view on change to be a choice, the 21st century does not. In fact it demands you embrace new forms of communication and develop new skill sets, or face soon becoming illiterate. As Alvin Toffler says, "the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn."
If you are reading this, chances are you view change as an opportunity, yet face challenges by other members in your learning community who view change as a threat. You embrace your role as a connected educator, you are excited about the possibilities in education and your passion translates into wonderful learning experiences in a classroom where the four walls have crumbled placing your students in a global classroom. You find yourself asking over and over how can I bring my colleagues, administrators or school board to see the value in embracing change in our learning communities?
Leadership is no longer hierarchical, and it is inseparable from change. In this series we'll take a look at how you can enhance and develop your role as a leader in the 21st century to help others view change as an opportunity.
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