I would find my behaviors as an educator fit into the style of a Democratic Leader. I know I practice the role of Autocratic, and even occasionally Laissez-faire depending on the situation and behaviors required of my students to meet the objective. However, even with my students I find myself practicing as a Democratic Leader by facilitating their involvement in their learning.
My leadership style also aligns closest with Servant Leadership (Green, 2013, p. 72) as I believe the primary role of leadership is servitude. In my personal and professional choices I have always been drawn towards service and it is foundational in my moral beliefs as well. The action of coming along side someone and learning what they need to be successful in meeting their personal and professional goals, offers exercise for my development as much as those I am able to serve. Supporting others to reach their goals is a special relationship and privilege. Perhaps that is why I was drawn to special education. I enjoy the challenge of identifying individual needs and planning how to assist them in learning. The big pay off is the shared joy in witnessing their successes.
If those influenced my by leadership are successful, then I am a successful leader. While I naturally exhibit Service Leadership, I work towards Transformational Leadership. Encouraging others to share in a vision of an equitable and inclusive educational environment sounds easier than it is in action. As an Education Specialist, I write and measure progress towards goals every day. I work best with a systematic approach to collecting, evaluating data and plan to adjust or progress with practices. As a team, collaborating in these processes allows for all to invest in the mission/goal and focus efforts that work together toward success.