1. Thank you for your article and I wholeheartedly agree. In the same breadth, I was recently deemed an under-performer for the same.

    Leaders are in fact the people who connect the write people and those who are supporting their people constantly.

  2. Your post was in my news feed on LinkedIn and I wanted to share it here as well. Thanks for the article. It was refreshing and enlightening to see people in a leadership role and at the same time, do not succumb to huge heads because of it.

    “I could not agree more. For me, this blog post seemed the practical and natural answer to me. Surely, everyone else can see his well-defined point. However, then I recall how I came about knowing for sure he is correct in his statements.
    In my previous profession as a nurse, there are certain traits that are forever embedded into your brain (assuming you take your education seriously).
    1. If you do not DOCUMENT it; then it did not happen.
    2. If you are in a leadership role and allow your pride to stand between you asking someone else’s opinion or saying “I don’t know’ and the patient’s needs…..then you risk contributing to that patient’s death. It may sound morbid but actually is quite the opposite. I knew which nurses were going to be there when I had to perform CPR on a patient and those who would hide because they allowed their pride to get in the way of asking for help.
    Still…..seems so very simple and logical to me”

    Thanks for sharing,

    ~ Holley Jacobs

    • Lisa

      I agree wholeheartedly Holly. Huge heads and egos tend to obscure a leaders’ ability to remember that they should lead by example.

  3. I could not agree more! Not only is pefectly fine for Principals to ask for help when they don’t know an answer, it is also just fine for a teacher to do the same when asked a question by a student/parent. Students need to know that teachers are always learning too! :)
    Great post as always, George!!!

  4. Kimbery

    Thank you for your post this philosophy also carriers over in manufacturing when working with a group of people with various educations a person has to be able to connect the dots, this comes with searching and asking questions and understanding who can share their knowledge at any given time to resolve issues asthey come up.

  5. Marie-Therese Kilmartin

    very insightful article.. relevant for all principals as they promote a positive enviroment where everyone is always learning!!! including the principal!!!

  6. Incredibly true – for administrators as you note. BUT, may I suggest it is true of learners at ALL levels: educators (with students and themselves), students (with other students and themselves) and lifelong learners (with themselves and other learners). I love your quote: “Being “smart” now doesn’t necessarily mean “knowing the answer” as much as it means knowing where to get the answer.” I’ll add that what “being smart” means to me is knowing how to evaluate information for USEFULNESS and being able to use that information to address a situation when useful. Making mistakes or missteps is not negative as long as one learns from them. What is completely negative is not having the confidence and trust to take risks.

  7. Theresa Meikle

    After many years in education and very few, comparatively, in formal leadership, I find your post refreshing. I have always respected and valued honesty; this post illustrates a willingness to learn, share, grow and facilitate the same for others. To me, these are key principles of leadership.

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