I was recently speaking to a group of school leaders, and we were discussing leadership characteristics. It was a forum, sharing and collaborating, and really a nice experience to talk with leaders about their perspectives.
One young leader stood up and shared that he’s working on being unshakable. He talked about how he felt a little unsure about how to handle things, but he wanted to be more unshakable.
We had a great conversation, but I asked him to think about being relentless instead of unshakable. I shared that it’s normal to feel nervous and it’s normal to feel unsure. That’s ok. It’s what you do with those feelings. I encouraged him to continue to be relentless in his growth. Continue to be relentless in his taking care of himself, and his district. Be relentless in trying to find ways to lead, and be positive amongst all the issues and items that happen in education today. Things are going to happen that shake us. Things are going to happen that rattle us and make us think. This could be a question or leadership issue. These are normal. How you handle things is the true challenge.
I ask you to reflect on your leadership as well. While it is important to be confident and stay the course through the ups and downs of a school year (or your own leadership position), I challenge you to think about being relentless in your mission of growth, and what is the best course of action for you and your district.
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Quote: “A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” – Arnold Glasow