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Reflection is the process of careful thinking or thoughts about practices and ideas resulting in clarification of future actions. I realized the importance of being a reflective thinker in the fall of 1991. I watched a video by Barker (1990) addressing the power of vision, and it was at that moment that I totally bought into, and began to clearly develop my vision as an educational administrator through the reflective process. Most people reflect on one level or another. One would think that reflection would make life easier and answer all important questions. It is actually to the contrary. The more you reflect, the more you question. Reflection may not make life easier, but it does improve the quality of one's life by bringing clearer meaning to your daily actions. It is through these mental gymnastics that I have moved from the boss philosophy to the leader philosophy represented in this very wise and true quote by Glasser (1992): A boss drives. A leader leads.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Robert H. Decker


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