I need help creating a thesis and an outline on Online Conversations on Leadership and Learning. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. The posts were mostly critical of Ingram’s leadership style. Where on first reading, he seemed to be an ideal leader because he was successful in lifting up the flagging camaraderie in the school, he concentrated on the things that he thought he was needed in and failed to prop up those that were likewise in need of improvement, but he did not seem to have the expertise for. Take the curriculum, for instance. He was unsuccessful in improving it in the early stages of his leadership, without realizing that this should be the main thing he needed to work on.
I contributed a post on leadership that attracted responses from the mob. It was about the leader’s awareness of his own fallibility and humanity. He possesses a humility that he also needs to be helped by his members. Tracy’s comment on people who ‘lionize’ leadership and set up ultra-high standards that they or their members cannot uphold with the intention of gaining a reputable impression rings through in many organizations. Ingram’s position of leadership was that he had very good intentions for Heronwood, however, he spread himself too thinly, thereby holding on to his many roles. Being a good leader means empowering his members to likewise be good leaders who are trusted enough to act on their discretion for the good of the institution. Tracy’s example was her very dynamic principal who can let go of some of his leadership roles and allowed some of his senior students to implement their creative ideas in celebrating the school’s 40th anniversary. There is an exhilarating feeling of fulfillment at being successful in the tasks they were trusted with. Neville remembered the “unheroic” leaders described in one of our readings. These are the people who are more after the good of the group rather than the glory of leadership they can claim for themselves.
In light of Stoll, Fink, and Earl, the posts kept on analyzing Ingram’s leadership style.