Quintin “Q” Shepherd is a seasoned public-school superintendent with 18 years of experience serving in three states. He began his career in education as a school custodian, became a PreK-12 music teacher, and served as an elementary principal before serving as a high school principal. Q is also an adjunct faculty at the University of Houston-Victoria and the author of the best-selling book, "The Secret to Transformational Leadership", which has been widely celebrated for its insights into effective leadership.
While personnel transitions are not uncommon in K12, the factors contributing to this sweeping change are diverse and interconnected.
Feedback is reflective, serving as a mirror that tells individuals "who you are." It analyzes past actions, behaviors, or results. In contrast, feed-forward projects future potential, painting a picture of "who you are becoming."
Harnessing the power of language: A shift from transactional to transformational leadership in education
The choice of language in leadership is more than mere semantics; it's a fundamental reflection of our approach towards those we lead. As we strive to cultivate an empowering, innovative, and compassionate school culture, let us consciously shift our language and leadership style from "what I want from you" to "what I want for you".
When boards and superintendents work together, they can set clear goals and expectations for student achievement and ensure that all students have the support and resources they need to succeed.