1. George,
    Seems to me that much of this is about modeling good leadership so that others can see, hear, smell, taste and touch (have a good sense!) of what leadership, and serving others, looks like in reality. There is no substitute for hands-on learning whether its for kids or adults. l have a post called “Ten Lessons Learned in a 50-Year Career” and it has been read more times than any of my other posts. That and a little book I wrote a couple of years ago called “Seven Decades: A Learning Memoir” sum up some of my own learning about leading and what has made a big difference for me personally. You’re on the right track. Keep up the good work!

  2. Essentially you are reflecting on our responsibility as educators. I find we often shy away from words like “responsibility” as it is often equated with “accountability”, and yet of course we are accountable to those that we serve! I agree that “every single person involved in education is in some type of leadership position” whether we lead by our willingness to grow, learn and share our vulnerabilities like the woman you spoke of, or whether we “lead” through our inaction and lack of growth. The reality is, educators are in a position of trust and influence. That can be an overwhelming realization and for that reason, I think we sometimes convince ourselves that it is only “formal leaders” who are responsilble for initiating change. But our students are watching us, regardless of our role in a school community. And so then it IS our responsibility to model a willingness to take risks, to learn, and to share that learning with colleagues in order to support learning and growth in our students. Our students are always learning from us, whether or not it’s our “intended” lesson.

  3. Stella Stevens

    Thank you for inspiring me to step out of my comfort zone and seek to learn new knowledge. I quickly realized how technologically inept I was after listening to you, and reading tweets.
    My mantra has always been “We are life-long Learners!” As a Central Office Administrator, I failed to practice this belief. Yesterday, I purchased several books on utilizing google in the classroom. I began to ask myself how could I apply this technology and innovation to inspire others and continue on this learning journey. I was amazed of how it’s applicable even in my area of expertise. In order to learn, engage and inspire,
    isolation is no longer a choice for me.
    Thank you again!

  4. Unfortunately in a world where everyone’s attention span seems to get shorter and shorter we frequently fail to reflect and consider how advice can be implemented. I am a fan of creating a mindfulness practice for this purpose. Yet, I know that I frequently fail to do this on a regular schedule. We need to find ways to stop our racing thoughts, catch our breath, and consider how to improve our own situatedness.

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