Teacher leadership represents a powerful approach to assert the true professionalism that educators have long been seeking. Opportunities abound for teachers to contribute to school reform by demonstrating their leadership skills. This article considers strategies to rebuild the portrait of teachers and thereby encourage strong professional leadership. The author suggests that, to be truly effective, teachers must become lifelong learners of the new pedagogy and embrace technology. They must build partnerships with colleagues, parents, business, and the larger community. Fullan and Hargreaves (1992) identified guidelines that would coincide with a new definition of professionalism. They included a need to practice reflection, develop a risktaking personality, trust process as well as people, commit to working with colleagues, seek variety, avoid balkanization, balance work and life, redefine one's role to extend beyond the classroom, and engage in continuous improvement.