I have recently commenced the unit ETL504 Teacher Librarian as Leader. We have been asked to give our own early understanding/definition of what leadership is, and how we demonstrate it in our school. I respond to this as follows:
To me leadership occurs whenever one person influences a group of others. It can in a negative way (poor leadership) or a positive way (good leadership). It is something that is seen everyday in the workplace, out socially, at the family home, etc, etc. The decision to show leadership can be a conscious one or a sub-conscious one. Leadership can be seen with a school principal addressing a staff meeting, or a whole school assembly, and outlining a future plan. Likewise, a parent modelling good behaviour (consciously or sub-consciously) to children at home is also a form of leadership in my mind.
While I am not currently working as a teacher, the broad nature of leadership and my understanding of it means that no matter what I am doing I have opportunity to be a leader every day. When I was teaching I certainly saw the need and opportunity to demonstrate leadership each day, in the presence of students and/or staff, in what I said and how I behaved. I continue to be conscious of this as a parent and in any other work/social situation I find myself in.