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A School Leader is a "Leader of Leaders".

G. Balasubramanian | Chairperson, Board of Advisors, ICSL | Editor-in-Chief, The Progressive School



“It takes a whole society to raise a leader.”

This African proverb really means that there is a whole lot of external forces that help to shape and define a leader. A leader needs to have adequate social sensitivity. His/her social consciousness goes a long way in the image building. Unless he/she is conscious and responsive to the needs of the society; unless the society recognizes and elevates him/her to the position one deserves, one doesn’t emerge as a leader in the true sense.


In a world of self-proclaimed leaders, one has to understand that pseudo-leadership doesn’t stand for a long time. A real leader needs to have relevant and visible competencies. As Rudyard Kipling puts in his poem “If” – he/she should be able ‘to walk like a king amongst the commoners and a commoner amongst the kings.’


John Adair, a noted Guru on leadership, the world’s first professor of Leadership Studies in UK classifies leaders as:

  • Strategic Leaders

  • Operational Leaders

  • Team Leaders

A school leader needs to encompass the qualities of all the above leaders. In short, (s)he needs to be a “Leader of Leaders” so that (s)he can generate leaders!


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