Or does he\she simply state the words on occasion and leave the hard work of changing paradigms to others?
Does he\she show real commitment to change?
Without real conviction from the top, successful change is unlikely to occur.
While I have the role of Director of eLearning, I am fortunate to work in a school with real leadership. The move to organization wide blended learning has been occurring for many years, and has been very obvious for three to four years. The commitment hasn't wavered.
The Headmaster has committed to this vision, as has the College Board. However, he has demonstrated this to staff in a number of ways. For example, he has designed and built multiple Flexible Work Environments; real 21st Century learning environments that support blended learning.
In the past few days he has demonstrated his commitment even more.
Staff were able to take their summer vacation two days early if they committed to take on online course on Blended Learning. All chose to do the course.
Today we had a student free Professional Development day. This was led by the Headmaster. He presented research and evidence to support Blended Learning, facilitated staff workshops, etc. He led the PD program.
There are more sessions over the next couple of days.
Essentially, he has led from the front. He has shown long term commitment to change, and has done what has been required to make the change work. He has build flexible learning spaces. He has provided support staff, and more.
There can be no doubt in anyone's mind that he is committed to creating this change to ensure that the organization is viable in the modern world (and is, in fact, a leader in the field).
So the question is...is your leadership wanting change and also showing real commitment to that change? If the answer is 'yes', then success is possible. If not, then someone is living a fantasy and successful change is unlikely.