Saturday, October 04, 2014

Liderazgo educativo

Hola a todos!  Durante las últimas dos semanas, al platicar con otros colegas sobre una situación que se estaba dando con nuestros trainees, vino a mi mente que rodeamos a nuestros alumnos de muchas materias que consideramos importantes pues las consideramos herramientas para el futuro  (llámese Morfo, Discurso, Docencia, Estudios Contemporáneos, Redacción, Francés, Inglés (bueno, esa si es la más importante jijiji)) , pero en el camino nos perdemos un poco de algunos aspectos humanísticos que son, por mucho, más profundos y necesarios.  Quizá no todos los días analicemos un texto, hagamos una traducción judicial, usemos un phrasal verb, pero todos los días estamos en contacto con otras personas.  Personas con una historia detrás, personas con ideales, con problemas y que responden con lo que tienen.  Y para evitar situaciones incómodas, agresividad pasiva (y no tan pasiva), necesitamos estar más conscientes de la respuesta que damos.  Y aquí es donde entra la idea de liderazgo.  El liderazgo educativo no es solamente para directores, coordinadores, o entrenadores.  En el momento de estar frente a un grupo de estudiantes, al tratar con otros profesores o compañeros, al planear una clase, se necesita justamente esto.


Desde hace un tiempo sigo una página llamada "Uncollege", en su último newsletter llegó un artículo que me parece pertinente.  Lo dejo a su consideración. Ojalá lo disfruten.


3 Ways to Be a Leader
By Nelson David Bassey

For many years society has imposed certain myths about leadership on us, which sadly, we have accepted unquestionably. Many of us have been taught that leadership is about position, roles, job description, politics, greed or manipulation. Some of us have even been lured to believe that leadership is about personality types, or that there is a genetic factor to leadership. But is that really what leadership is about?

In January 2011, as a young college student, I set out to explore and find the true meaning of leadership. I started out by reading lots of books. Many of them emphasized management practices. Some of them introduced complex systems and definitions of terms that left me even more confused. Nonetheless, I kept on learning. What I didn’t know at the time was that leadership doesn’t have to be learnt or sourced through elitist education, expensive seminars and privileged programs. But I am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn experientially as well. I joined clubs, started one, managed teams, pioneered programs, failed terribly and succeeded remarkably too.

After three years of my personal journey in leadership, I came to understand what truly leadership is about.

  • It’s not about having or holding a position.
  • It’s not about having connections or high social standing in society.
  • It’s not about being born with a special leadership microchip in your left brain. (Just if you’re wondering, I certainly was not born with one.)
  • It’s not even about having charisma or possessing certain personality traits (introversion or extroversion).

I learned that “The real secret about being a leader is finding yourself, discovering your purpose, believing in your abilities and living it every day of your life – thereby growing your value and influence, and impacting the lives of other people in different ways.”

My life exploded. Today, through writing, speaking and training, I help students understand the true meaning of leadership, embrace it wholeheartedly and increase their value and influence through it. Because of what I learned and the change I made in my own life, at age 23, I authored my first book, and have since had the privilege of speaking at conferences, conduct training and workshops for institutions across Malaysia and internationally.

People ask me, “What is leadership?”

Leadership is not a strategy. It is not a role or a responsibility. It is a way of life. “[It] is first an attitude and belief, followed by the ability to stand up and take ownership in walking taller and stronger on a new path or an improved current path.” – Rhae Duttagupta [paraphrased].

The next question is, “How can I become a leader today?”

Well, the answer is – you already are! We all have the seed or conviction of leadership within us. It can either be active, emergent or dormant. So, the right question is “How can I become a great leader?”, “How can I become a leader that will leave a positive impact for generations?”

Here are three (3) ways – not all the ways – of becoming that kind of leader:


  1. Become “Leaderless.”

There are four kinds of people in our society today. There are people who do the right thing without being asked to do so. There are other people who do the right thing after been told once. There are also people who do the right thing after been told twice. And lastly, there are people who will not do anything even if you told them to. These people do not get any reward. The people who get the most rewards in life are the first kind. Which one are you?

True leaders are people who do the right thing without being told to. These are initiative takers. They take initiative to solve problems by asking the right questions (quoted from my book, “The New Generation of Leadership” page 51-52):

“…What can I do for my country today? What can I do for my community today? What can I do for my institution today?” 

2. Create ladders for other people to climb higher.

Less than two weeks ago, I was blessed with a humbling privilege to share stage with Professor Muhammad Yunus (the ‘father of social entrepreneurship and microfinance’), in Jakarta, Indonesia. There I addressed 2,000+ ASEAN youths and social entrepreneurs on leadership and social entrepreneurship. The impact was remarkable, beyond words. However, that would not have been possible without a lady I truly love and respect. I call her “Ms. Chong.” She is the CEO of a non-profit in Malaysia. Ms. Chong got me on what became my biggest platform without any prior request from me. I received a call one bright morning, and was presented with one of the greatest gifts I have ever received. I accepted the opportunity which turned out to be a game changer for the Indonesian youths and for me personally.

Just like Ms. Chong, great leaders are people who create ladders for other people to climb towards higher performance, to succeed, to win and to actualize their dreams and potential. 

3. Stand up for people and not for ideas.

From Nelson Mandela to Mother Theresa, Abraham Lincoln to Martin Luther King Jr. each one of them, like every other great leader you can think of, stood up for people. They didn’t stand up for ideas. They fought for people and not for ideas.

When you are starting a project, creating a product or making decisions in the boardroom, are you doing so for the “idea” sake, to prove that you’re intelligent and smart; or are you doing so thinking about the “people” who will be affected by it? Great leaders stand up for people. You can, too! These are the people who leave an impact for many generations long after they are gone!

In conclusion, my challenge to you is this:

How can you be “leaderless” today?
In what ways can you create a ladder for someone else within your network today?
Who can you stand up for today?

Remember, "There is no off switch on leadership. Every one of us can demonstrate leadership in every role we play, not just at work but everywhere, every day." - David A. O’Brien



Para finalizar este post, sólo quisiera decir que antes de ser profesores, somos personas. Y las experiencias, antes de separarnos, pueden ser un puente para acercarnos, considerarnos y conocernos un poco más. Parte de ser maestro es tener la sensibilidad para tender estos puentes y acompañarnos para cruzar juntos.


Sunday, September 07, 2014

Professional teachers

En los últimos años, el mundo del las "misses" de inglés entro en una dinámica necesaria: la profesionalización.  Believe it or not, hay muchas colegas que ejercen sin título, ni certificación, ni nivel de inglés, ni nada.  Y personalmente no creo que eso esté mal.  La coordinación que las seleccionó para su plantilla, habrá tenido sus razones para hacerlo, llámese amistad, confianza, urgencia o falta de opciones.  Ultimadamente, si vas a pedir trabajo y te contratan, pues la culpa no es del empleado, digo yo.

PERO, lo que si creo q esté mal, es que  sabiendo que ahora un título, o una certificación que acredite nivel de inglés aceptable, asi como teaching skills, sean requisitos indispensables para pararte enfrente de un grupo a enseñar el verbo TO BEalgun@s profesor@s no hagan nada al respecto e incluso se sientan ofendid@s, porque se les piden esos papeles.  La experiencia ayuda si, pero no es suficiente, sobretodo si llevas 3, 5, 10 años repitiendo la misma clase, de la misma forma y no reflexionas sobre tus prácticas.

Enseñar un idioma tiene una importancia cada vez mayor en un mundo globalizado. Para bien o para mal.  Los requisitos para obtener un trabajo, echar a andar un proceso de migración, exigen papeles.  El mundo funciona así. Para bien o para mal.  Obtener un papel para demostrar que sabes algo, cuesta dinero, tiempo, esfuerzo, y en estos momentos estas son las reglas del juego. Para bien o para mal. Quejarse no sirve de nada.  Y opciones hay muchas. A mi me gusta Cambridge University. Soy usuaria, fan y cliente. Pero no puedo negar que son caras, pero también útiles. Por eso su site para maestros con mini cursos me gusta tanto!!  De a poquito, puedes ir aprendiendo cosas muy útiles.  Se los recomiendo mucho.


Personalmente, prefiero las certificaciones a los titulos ( Sorry, SEP!).  Actualmente gracias a Internet, hay muchisimos cursos presenciales, online, mixtos, para docencia, nivel de inglés, y de diferentes precios.  Entonces, si eres profesor, por favor, reconsidera que tanto disfrutas dar clase, que tan importante es ser un profesional en tu labor docente y cómo planeas lograr ser <>.