Michael Fullan’s Topic Videos: Leadership at All Levels


  •  Leadership at all levels should have a consistent focus, develop capacity, and collaborate together to make the system work. These leadership levels include:
    • School
    • District
    • State
  • For change to take place and be sustainable, you can’t do it with a few leaders.
  • Current leaders must mold and develop new leaders so the new leaders can become the next generation of leadership.
  • If leadership on all levels is consistent, the capacity to lead is developed, and new leaders are refined; there will be a culture of leadership development that is consistent, coherent, and moving in the same direction.
  • I hope Fullan will discuss who are these leaders and  what effective leadership looks like in a future video in this series. Indeed, if you look at any organization, there often is a clear disconnect of what leadership means and what it looks like. I like Fullan continues to talk about the leaders capacity because the capacity to lead is often missing in many leaders today.
    • I am a huge supporter of teacher leadership and building the capacity to lead among those who choose not to take traditional leadership roles.

Leadership at ALL levels of the system—school, district, and state— is essential for reform to happen. Getting the lion’s share of these three groups focused on compatible agendas, building capacity, and developing other leaders who can carry on is the key to sustainability.

– Michael Fullan

Fullan6Michael Fullan’s Topic Videos is a series of 22 short clips, 2-3 minutes each delve into a variety of educational topics . These videos include real life examples suitable for teachers, principals, and administrators. The videos are designed and filmed to illustrate ‘motion leadership in action’.

What are your take-a-ways from ‘Leadership at All Levels’?

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3 thoughts on “Michael Fullan’s Topic Videos: Leadership at All Levels

  1. This piqued my interest. Why? Because it’s easily digestible and even though I’m not practicing my pedagogy right now, I don’t want to fall out of practice. I was a teacher leader of current literacy practice, integrating technology on the student level and then I was also my union vp. What I found very spot-on with this video was that he references building team with the same focus in action. That seems to be a big problem in education: that teachers are being promoted for good instructional practice and management, but not the solid, cross-the-aisle leadership that is necessary to LEAD others to do the same. Excellent share. I’ll keep an eye on these in the future.

    • Thanks. I think that teachers having the opportunity to share leadership roles is often absent. So when outstanding teachers are promoted, they don’t have the capacity to lead because they’ve never been given the opportunity. Then it turns into a viscous cycle.

      I am extremely grateful I had principals who not only encouraged but expected us to accept different leadership roles and I’m not just talking about being on a committee. They let us take the lead on things and didn’t put us down if we sincerely tried but made mistakes. They kept encouraging us to lead and reflect. I’m not going to lie and say I loved it while I was doing it. It was challenging, but I learned A LOT about collaborating, brevity, presenting, and team problem solving. It’s my first year out of the classroom as the elementary science specialist for my parish, and the transition has been surprisingly smooth. (Except for the missing my own class. This “class-sick” took me by surprise.)

      Leadership doesn’t just take place in the office, and it’s nice to learn leadership skills as a teacher in a low-stakes way.

      I’m loving these short videos, and I’m a Fullan fan. I may not agree with everything he says/writes, but he always makes me think.

      • “Makes me think” is the best part; so important that the adaptive, mental challenge is there! Also “class-sick” NAILED IT. Totally felt that shock two years ago when I got pulled out. I missed MY kids and my little gifted way more than I thought I ever would.

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