A few of us gathered to clean up a fallen tree. Things were chaotic as we started tossing the cut wood into the back of a truck. People were trying not to walk into each other, and no one seemed sure where exactly to put their wood. I could see this situation needed leadership given to it, but I was reluctant to step in because there were others who were older and more experienced at this.
I surprised myself when I stayed by the truck and started taking wood from people as they brought it, and tossed it in. They accepted this (!!), and everything fell into order without a word being spoken. From then on we worked like ants, and were done in no time.
I marvel at human behavior, that when we’re in groups there’s a strong need for leadership, and we all seem to intuitively know it, whether we’re stacking firewood or teaching in a classroom.
Where’s the chaos in your classroom? That’s where leadership needs to be applied. Leadership that’s intentional, good, and strong. Leadership that will benefit the group.