How Leaders Can Learn to “Swim in the Deep End”
July 28, 2017
Read Dr. Rod Berger's interview on his Scholastic blog Down The Hall with Jennifer as they discuss leadership.
Jennifer Abrams is communications consultant who specializes in effective collaboration in a multi-generational workplace, having hard conversations, and creating identity safe workplaces. Her current work involved helping educators who want to “swim in the deep end,” taking on the many challenges of leadership and thriving. Jennifer will be an expert speaker in the Transformative Leadership Summit, an online professional learning event that will take place from July 31-August 8, where she’ll be joined by education leaders including Jon Harper, Allison Zmuda, Mike Anderson, Justin Baeder, Mark Barnes, and many, many more.
In this interview, Jennifer describes the dispositions every leader must have, gives advice for leaders to get better at giving and receiving feedback, discusses the hardest part of being a new leader, and more.
About Jennifer Abrams
Jennifer Abrams considers herself a "voice coach," helping others learn how to best use their voices – be it collaborating on a team, presenting in front of an audience, coaching a colleague and supervising an employee. Jennifer holds a Master's degree in Education from Stanford University and a Bachelor's degree in English from Tufts University. She lives in Palo Alto, California. Jennifer's latest book is Swimming in the Deep End: Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives. Her previous publications include Having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicating, Collaborating & Creating Community and Hard Conversations Unpacked – the Whos, the Whens and the What Ifs. She has also created a Corwin Press e-course by the same name.
Work with Jennifer
Praise for Jennifer
“Jennifer has so squarely hit the mark with our teacher-leaders that she is one of the few presenters that they are always requesting when professional development is the question. Here at the University of Chicago, this acclaim and recognition does not come easily! Jennifer has a way of presenting information that gets quickly to the heart of the matter. Her ability to read the true needs of the group, regardless of the original focus, has made her a favorite among the faculty here at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.”