In that my daily job as a music instructor is more to be a manager*, my role as Coordinating Instructor for the Hocking College School of Music HCSM will push the boundaries of my known role as a departmental leader.
1. I will have forward thinking vision of what I want the HCSM to be in one year, five year and ten years from now. Program outcomes, our program mission statement and a review of current status will tell us where the program is NOW, the key question is “Where do we want the program to go?”
2. I will be passionate in my pursuit of excellence.
3. Part of being a leader is constant evaluation of current talent pool. “Are the right people in the right jobs?”
a. If the answer is Yes, then I will fight for every right, privilege and accolade for those people.
b. If the answer is No, then avenues of modifying or updating teaching philosophy and behaviors will be explored to determine if this person can be “the right person.”
4. I will treat all faculty and students with respect and consideration. This is best demonstrated by following the Golden Rule.
5. I will be positive and encouraging when I see behavior that creates a positive atmosphere for our students, faculty and department. When I witness something potentially negative, I will carefully pause before speaking, ask for clarification and if necessary, determine the best course of action to amend the situation into a positive outcome.
6. Communication is essential to the effectiveness of our department. When I am communicating, I will be clear, respectful and mindful of the other person. When I am receiving feedback, I will listen attentively (not just wait until they’re done speaking), process what I have heard and assess the situation.
7. I will hold myself as an example as to how I want other faculty to act, create, educate and interact.
8. I will continue to seek innovation in delivering, administering and grading program outcomes.
9. I will become disciplined with my time.
10. I will have integrity
*Managers are concerned about how things get done, and they try to get people to perform better. Leaders are concerned with what things mean to people, and they try to get people to agree about the most important things to be done.