The courage our students regularly show in speaking and performing for their peers says a lot about the community of trust built at Episcopal over the decades. Seen from a leadership perspective, the presence of strong trust in an organization is essential to its health and growth.
In his book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni identifies an “absence of trust” as the root cause of all other organizational dysfunctions, leading to fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and, eventually, to an inattention to results. In a school setting, one could say that a fundamental absence of trust could lead to an absence of learning. On the flip-side, well-developed trust within an organization can lead to tremendous functionality, and meaningful and sustaining relationships for its members. This close link between trusting relationships and tremendous results is what I see every day at Episcopal.
vulnerability-based trust...is when team members trust the intentions of each other enough that they are willing to expose their own vulnerabilities because they are confident their exposed vulnerabilities will not be used against them.
Dr. Thomas "Spree" MacDonald
Spree has joined us from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), where, over five years, he helped lead the start-up of its academic program (the “Academic Studio”), serving as the Co-Chair of the Academic Studio, Chair of the Humanities Department, and Co-Chair of the campus-wide Faculty Leadership Team. For his work at NOCCA, Spree was recognized as a Finalist for the 2015 New Orleans Excellence in Teaching Award, and three times received NOCCA’s Spotlight Award for “exceptional efforts” in leadership.