Sunday, November 19, 2017

Leaders Need Community: Leadership With Latoya

Far too often we've heard the old mantra, It's lonely at the top. It doesn't have to be though and that's why I started leadershipwithlatoya. I am building a community virtual and face to face, for leaders who want to grow in a safe, encouraging, resourceful, and collegial environment. Much has been written about the growing complexity of the principalship and the great deal of stress that nearly half of all principals say they feel on a regular basis. I created #leadershipwithlatoya to save myself, and to also support others. I'm on a mission to help others in this same manner.

Why Leadership With Latoya?

It's no secret that the principalship is a demanding job. It requires a mental and emotional presence, along with a physical one, almost seven days a week, 24 hours a day. It's highly rewarding, but not without it's own set of complex challenges and growing responsibilites. I know all too well the stress and challenges of being a leader and feeling alone on the battlefield, and so I tip my hat to those continuing to practice and also put my heart and soul into my passion project, #leadershipwithlatoya.

I want to create a place and space for leaders to connect, support, and learn together. While we often speak powerfully about the value of collaboration in successful organizations, leaders are sometimes left out of that particular conversation. I believe that if we can restructure the way we support leaders, build in job embedded collaboration for them, and create the same community that creates a positive collective efficacy among others who engage in such, we can improve the sustainability of those in the principalship and other leadership positions.

How Can I Join the Leadership With Latoya Community?

You can become an official member of the Leadership With Latoya community by visiting our organization webpage, and clicking on Join LWL. You'll need to register for an account and then take a moment to introduce yourself on the forum page. Whether we have one member or 400, we're going to do our best to create a platform to help you grow into the best leader you can be and do it with you as a community of practitioners, aspiring and experienced, who are committed to helping and supporting each other.

What's In It For Me?

Be sure you check out our free podcast on iTunes where we tackle a variety of leadership topics. You can subscribe to the #leadershipwithlatoya podcast here and leave a comment or rate us here. Read our latest e-magazine here for practical tips and tools you can use tomorrow. Follow us on Twitter at @latoyadixon5 or @mwaiksnis and let us know how we can make this a great community for leaders on the grow!

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Until next time-be you, be true, and be a hope builder!

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