Dwight is a candidate for the Doctor of Education Leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was a founding member of ReNew Schools in New Orleans where he served as Chief Academic Officer & Chief Advocacy Officer. He has been a strategic manager, principal, author, and teacher.
Dwight’s leadership journey began from a “family of teachers and preachers.” A man whose experience ranges from California to the American South, it was in high school and college that he felt compelled into leadership positions.
In this episode, Dwight discusses different perspectives on leadership development and their connection to increased self awareness. He explains, “Each person [should] not just have a perception of self but to [also] fully understand who are you.”
Dwight reviews Robert Kegan’s Orders of Mind, and has found tremendous opportunities for growth in his life to support these developmental perspectives. In the end it is about being able to say that, “To be comfortable in saying, this is who I am, I’m not fully developed, and I’m willing to take on the challenging parts of my personality to improve, and that is continuous.”
Knowing Self is most important.
Dwight also gave us an understanding of how having an increased sense of self can increase your ability to mobilize others in your leadership positions.
He discusses Robert Kegan’s Order of Minds in relation to leadership development. Dwight explains the Orders of Mind in the context of the tremendous opportunities for growth he has experienced in his life. He has discovered the importance of knowing self. Dwight says, “To be comfortable in saying, this is who I am, I’m not fully developed, and I’m willing to take on the challenging parts of my personality to improve, and that is continuous.” Dwight also explains that there is a direct correlation between an increased sense of self and your ability to mobilize other workers while in your leadership position. In addition, he speaks on how to avoid the ladder of inference through suggestions such as, leveraging positive self-talk and maintaining objectivity.
Dwight is about to start a Residency at Phi Delta Kappa in Washington DC, where he will be focused on creating a teacher pipeline for inner city youth.
You can find Dwight on Linkedin.