Leadership and Adversity in Times of Crisis: Diamonds in the Rough

10 Aug 2021 10:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

By Dr. Gregory S. Koons, Executive Director, Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29

(This Spotlight Series article on AESA is a reflective piece about the role ESAs and leaders play during times of adversity, as witnessed during the Covid-19 pandemic.)

The pandemic has posed numerous challenges on educational leaders, and consequently, the pressures faced have created opportunities for educators to shine brightly. 

Pressure is “the application of force to something by something else in direct contact with it” (Merriam-Webster, 2021). As a resident, educator, and educational leader in rural Pennsylvania (PA), it is fitting to reference the significance of coal under pressure being forged into a diamond. In a blog post from COACT, the author states that in order to forge diamonds through fire one must have a high degree of intensity, a lot of pressure, and collective teamwork (COACT, 2021). 

The pandemic has inevitably forced educational leaders to handle intense situations, withstand insurmountable pressures, and bond together through collaborative efforts.

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