Who’s Leading?

I enjoyed this video recently shared with me by my West Vancouver Schools colleague Tara Zielinski. In it, author, speaker and former submarine captain David Marquet makes a great case for distributed leadership and the power of not just shared decision making, but distributed decision making.

Schools are very different than submarines: teachers lead their classroom and make countless decisions without their principal being involved or even aware. But direction-setting initiatives and innovations can be less distributed and Marquet does a nice job of explaining why that is problematic.

“Leaders can take control and attract followers” or “give control and create leaders.” Marquet argues that the latter is far more difficult and far more effective.