This aha! Moment helped shift my thinking and approach interactions with staff, parents, and students with a different lens. I began thinking more deeply about my cultural intelligence and its impact on my leadership. I researched, asked questions, and reflected on my practice. I learned from my mistakes and tried approaches that were more appropriate for the cultural context.
There were still failures, but at least I was learning. I learned about core and flex values and when and how to use and apply them. What I discovered is that this journey towards cultural competence is difficult. It requires motivation, knowledge, reflection, and changes in behavior. This discovery has led me to my research on cultural intelligence, a deep desire to change my leadership practice to lead more effectively in different cultural contexts.
This journey has taken me from international to independent schools during a time of unprecedented change and uncertainty. My leadership skills, knowledge, and experience have allowed me to persevere through one of the most challenging times in my career. Leading through the crisis brought about by a natural disaster has required resilience, optimism, innovation, wisdom, and creativity.
This website has been created to support educators on a journey to enhance their leadership skills, strategies, and the development of cultural intelligence. I share my leadership experiences, successes, and failures through open, honest, and vulnerable reflections on my blog. My goal is to support other educators as they deepen their leadership intelligence to grow in order to serve their diverse communities.