In this episode, Angie Lion of Black River Performance Management and Dr. Sheldon Eakins of Leading Equity Center discuss the leadership competency Appreciating Others. Sheldon shares his thoughts on self awareness being a key component of appreciating others because our biases and stereotypes shape our beliefs and the decisions we make. He also emphasizes the importance of learning to understand others, even if their experience is not your own lived experience. Sheldon provides guidance and perspective on taking risks, asking for advice or feedback, remaining open, and how to avoid being defensive while attempting to find common ground with others.
Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D., is the Founder of the Leading Equity Center. Dr. Eakins is also the host of The Art of Advocacy Livestream and the Leading Equity Podcast. Furthermore, Dr. Eakins is the author of Leading Equity: Becoming an Advocate for All Students. With over 15 years in education, he has served as a teacher, school principal, adjunct professor, and Director of Special Education. Sheldon Eakins is passionate about helping educators accomplish equitable practices in their schools. He has earned a B.S. degree in Social Science Education, an M.S. degree in Educational Leadership, and a Ph.D. in K-12 Education.