Responsive Leadership: Telling the Truth | Editorial | 3 Min Read

Dear Intrepid Ed News reader,

As you read the title of this announcement, you might be wondering what responsive leadership is and how we define “the truth.” Both are essential to our theme for the fall. Responsive leadership is about leading by listening. It doesn’t mean doing everything others tell you to do, but it does mean considering the needs of all the constituencies you represent before taking action or making a decision. Telling the truth these days is a more elusive goal. We live in a world in which science and logic are being challenged, where narratives compete for airspace, and those that receive the most “likes” become reality. Rather than trying to fashion a definition of truth, it is more useful, in the context of responsive leadership, to equate telling the truth with transparency. It operates in lockstep with responsive listening. One cannot honor the needs of all constituencies without transparent communication.

The articles in the Responsive Leadership series this Fall are all about listening, both to your school constituents and the culture at large. Recognizing internal and external shifts that will challenge current practice is a key component of responsive leadership. The pieces to be published…

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Joel Backon

Joel Backon has been the Editor of Intrepid Ed News since its inception in January 2021, responsible for all educator content on the website. He joined the OESIS Network, owner of Intrepid, in 2019 as Vice President. Joel spent much of his career at Choate Rosemary Hall (CT) where for 27 years he held founding roles in Information and Academic Technology, as well as being a classroom teacher, curriculum designer, coach, dorm head, and student adviser. Prior to Choate, Joel spent 15 years in the printing and publishing industry educating printers on how to maximize their strengths and minimize weaknesses. He has crusaded to achieve consensus on the question of why we educate kids in an effort to meet the learning needs of every student.