Red Deer Public Schools staff had an opportunity to learn from one another’s leadership experiences during this month’s Aspiring Leaders program.  

‘Leadership Spotlight: Lessons from the Trenches’ saw a panel of eight division principals and leaders discuss lessons they have learned in their leadership journeys.  

Topics of discussion included: ‘You can’t expect a different output when you always have the same input’, ‘Never be surprised by how often you’re surprised’,’ Doing what’s right isn’t always doing what’s easy’, and more.  

“Great leaders listen and learn from leaders in a variety of settings and scenarios. Successful leaders spend time observing leadership and develop their leadership style through their experience of leading and being led,” said Corrine Thorsteinson, Associate Superintendent of People Services. “We are fortunate to have our panel of school and Division leaders describe important leadership lessons they've learned in their career and how reflecting on these experiences has made them more impactful in their leadership.”  

Following the panel discussion, participants had an opportunity for discussion at table groups about key points of each presentation and what resonated with them.  

“These sessions are a perfect opportunity for any Red Deer Public employee who wants to explore whether a formal leadership position is right for them; wants to build or enhance their leadership toolkit; wants to lead where they are at; or wants an opportunity to learn from and engage with other colleagues interested in leadership,” Thorsteinson said.   

There is one more Aspiring Leaders session scheduled to take place before the end of the school year.