Advocacy is the highest form of ownership that a person can exhibit. As a person builds their knowledge and balanced perspective, they build ownership. From that ownership, comes the urgency to share and support an idea/concept/system so that it can become sustainable. An advocate has the challenge to educate others on a subject in such a way, that, at its heart, generates an emotional attachment of a concept within the audience.
With that in mind, and by virtue of the solitary designation of our office, a superintendent has an inclination to interact and naturally advocate for all levels of the educational system in which we serve. We lead through our advocacy. By advocating, we show our knowledge, perspective, ownership, and pride in the content at hand. That is a powerful and visible trait of a leader.