One of the most important problems that I have been confronting in my work is related to the challenge of what “Education Leadership” means. This issue made me ponder one important question: What are Education Leadership’s principal areas and primary purposes?
This challenge has been in my life for many years as a Principal of a school in Romania and still provokes me today.
Many leaders look at their position like a pyramid with them at the top. They look down on others to serve them. Nowadays, this image of many leaders exists in people’s minds, and they believe if the leader is not successful, it is not the mistake of their leadership but others who did not succeed in their goals.
The critical question then, is this: what is the essential part of education leadership? The list could begin with the principal because he or she is responsible for all that happens in the school. Next, the administrators because they need to provide all that is necessary for the school to function at its best. Teachers have a significant role since they are in charge of the teaching and learning process. Parents contribute to education because they send their precious gifts of God to our school and we should not disappoint them. And last, the students should be taken into consideration because they are the future and thus, the future of the church and society depends on their success.
To answer this question, it is essential to know that the main goal of education is to prepare students for their best service in this world and the Kingdom of God. We need to have this in our mind, as we consider our Christian values, otherwise there is no real purpose for Christian education.
The pyramid from this perspective is upside down. The students and their future represent the top level. Leaders are at the bottom of the pyramid to serve the teachers, the parents, and the students.
If we look in the New Testament, we see Jesus as a servant teacher for the world, for His people, for His disciples and for the future disciples that will finish the work in the end time.
The leader, from Jesus’s point of view, is a servant, working together with the teachers and parents. Leaders are servants working to realize the goals of the students.
When Jesus was on the Earth the main objective of His mission was declared in Matthew:
“But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister, and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:26-28).