I have spent a few years in education, but from my experiences I feel like synergistic leadership in education is a change from years past. I certainly feel like my own high school experience was very top-down, authoritative leadership from the superintendent to the principal and finally the teachers. In my senior year, our teachers eventually went on strike for a week before they worked out some sort of agreement, but it had to hit rock bottom first. In my professional experience the administration and the teachers’ unions negotiate every year but it rarely works out to a win-win situation, and I’m not sure that is ever really the “end” they have in mind. I have never been present at these negotiation meetings so I could be wrong, I hope that I’m wrong, but it’s often reported as administration sticking to their guns and rarely giving an inch while the union fights and eventually takes what it can get. I wonder how much more could actually be done in education if each side listened and shared with each other and genuinely wanted to find a win-win solution rather than one that benefits the bottom line.