is what I had to decide when I sat down to write this message.
What I realized is that the conventional definition of leadership
falls short. Leadership isn’t about authority, power,
or control, nor is it something simply reflected in a job
title. Rather, leadership is an attitude.
believe there are many different ways to lead. All of us can
be leaders. We can be a leader by simply recognizing talent,
being an advocate, and stirring enthusiasm.
University of Iowa College of Education has a long and distinguished
history exemplifying these qualities of leadership. From its
earliest beginnings, educational leadership has been a consistent
mission. The University became the nation’s first public
institution of higher education to admit women on an equal
basis as men in 1855. The University created the nation’s
first permanent college-level department of education in 1872.
In 1907, the then School of Education established the first
chair of pedagogy at a U.S. university.
have continued this dynamic of leadership to this day by pioneering
tests and testing procedures, building the most comprehensive
gifted education and talent development center in the world,
and creating the ePortfolio? concept that has become a ground-breaking
evaluation model for teacher education students and professionals.
faculty and staff lead by example. They set the pace by providing
solid training to our students, giving them the methods, skills,
and mindset they need to be leaders in their professions and
turn, our alumni infuse their own students and clients with
a sense of responsibility and an expectation of excellence
that result in success.
this approach, we continue to create leaders with an attitude
of confidence whose ideas make all missions possible.