Learning is one of the most important activities in which humans engage. It is the very core of educational process though Einstein has said, ‘I never let my education interfere with my learning’.
To be able to determine through theory and evidence about the nature, causes and consequences for the success of the school and the students is what this section chooses to ascertain.
An inspiring leader brings reforms, innovation in learning leading to creativity and TRANSVERSAL EDUCATION. That is the hallmark of a leader who defines INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP.
Learning centred leaders follow instructional leadership and they are all variants of practice, commitment and creativity.
Instructional leadership does not focus on actual leadership. It idolises values, beliefs, skills, knowledge but the core practice has its genesis in different models of transformational leadership.
The true essence of this form contributes to organisational improvement and student learning besides student's wellbeing-mental, physical, emotional, social and spiritual.
The mainstay of this core leadership practice is to define a ‘goal’ based on the VISION of the leader. So a true instructional leader is a VISIONARY.
The leader inspires and leads new and challenging innovations.
The second aspect of this leader’s identity is the endorsement of the fifth stage and the highest benchmark of leadership, that is, HUMILITY.
Leadership is first an exploration of oneself : it requires introspection, it demands reflection, it demands the humility to be brutally honest.
This exploration leads to discovery; the responses of introspection help to identify the basis of our convictions, the depth of our credibility and the strength of character and willingness to lead, but simultaneously the enthusiasm and willingness to follow.
Samuel Johnson rightly said, “one of the permanent and certain characteristic of a vigorous intellect is curiosity.” It is the bounden duty of an effective leader to provide a conducive and supportive surrounding to ignite and enhance a child’s CURIOUS MIND.
As a successful leader, he/she demonstrates a curiosity that would not be satisfied without personal examination of failure to meet expectations thus, an instructional leader addresses the moot ethos of learning-curiosity and encourages students to learn to ASK.
ASK as an acronym defines:
- Application-Learning is embodied and concerned with the human experiences
- Skill - Learning is interactive and social (s)
- Knowledge - Learning is an integrated cognitive process
Most of what people learn occurs outside of school that is the reason we need to focus on TRANSVERSAL EDUCATION which encompasses learning applied to REAL LIFE.
Leaders have a substantial and positive impact on their schools as reforms brought in by them lead to improvements in all aspects of performances of the school-cognitive, affective, strategies and skills. It leads to the CONNECTIVITY of life thus building of a shared vision and provides opportunities for each follower to self-actualize and attain higher standards of development in academics, activities and athletics which are integrated under the aegis of Multiple Intelligences leading to TRANSVERSAL learning.
An amalgamation of VISION, HUMILITY, CURIOSITY, CONNECTIVITY leads to Transversal education.
Thus, instructional leadership is an emerging strategy for improved learner achievement through its focus on Transversal education.