President's Report - Spring 2013


From the NCSM President
Suzanne Mitchell
Spring 2013

According to Steven Covey, there are two things that a leader can influence - strategy and execution, which is the hardest of the two. Strategic leadership assumes that partnerships are involved and that there is a shared vision. Strategically thinking mathematics leaders promote the goal that mathematics education is to produce learners who are both mathematically competent and confident. Mathematical competence is understanding mathematical relationships and using the relationships to make sense of information, situations, and problems you may encounter. Mathematical confidence is knowing that you understand the beauty and utility of mathematics and that you understand persistence with tasks, collaboration with others and making sense of complex situations. Ask yourself- Who are my partners in strategic leadership work? Who shares the vision for what I am trying to achieve. The execution of the strategic plan is important. Seventy percent of goal failure is due to poor execution.

Leadership is a choice, not a position. As you begin to evaluate what you have done during this school year, be sure to hold yourself accountable for what has been accomplished or not accomplished. Four imperatives that are based on principles that build your leadership skills are these: Inspire trust, Clarify purpose, Align systems, and Unleash the talent of new and younger leaders. NCSM invites you to continue your membership so that you grow your leadership potential and invites you to join us in Denver, CO at the annual meeting April 15-17, 2013 to share your leadership influence.

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