In education circles over the past few years, there’s been a movement to help teachers see themselves as leaders. You’re helping people learn, of course, but you’re also inspiring a community to be cohesive and act toward a shared future vision. That’s what leaders do!
It’s also what parents do. In their new book (out today!) Parents Who Lead, authors Stewart Friedman and Alyssa Westring show why parents should think of themselves as leaders, and how to use lessons from leadership training to create a happier and more meaningful family life. Parents learn how to envision a future, enlist all stakeholders, and take small experimental steps to get there.
Sarah and I enjoyed interviewing Friedman, professor emeritus at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, on the Best of Both Worlds podcast this week. Friedman began studying and writing about issues of work and life many decades ago. He’s long been a pioneer in the field and through his work has helped spread the message that this is not just a women’s issue. So please give the episode a listen!
In the Q&A section we discuss the sticky issue of during-the-workday PTA meetings. When do these tend to happen in your children’s schools?