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Someone who thinks something but who doesn’t say it for a variety of reasons.
Dont be ambigous with your words. It’s not helpful. It’s better to be direct than to be flowery. and that goes for both praise and corrective feedback.
A leader who makes excuses for teacher and or student performance.
Don’t be a generalist as a leader or you’ll cancel any attempt at being candid. Candor requires specificity. The Generalist never says anything specific anough to install pride or require a specific change.
Don’t be a leader who avoids problems. Leadership requires a voice, and when we keep quiet or allow others to silence an issue. we concede to a continuation of the issue.
The Smoother Overer
Don’t be a leader who tends to smooth things over whenever conflict arises without a meaningful resolution.
Don’t be a leader who barks and orders, resists every idea, and creates dissention. Candor requires an arrangement through professional dialuogue.
Leaders can’t make assumptions. Period.
Never ease into a difficult conversation. Beating around the bush trying to bait someone into an admission doesn’t work.
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