I've long been inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's quote, "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." His inspiration for generations has been to help us see our strengths and be further motivated to remake the world. And I try to do this....daily!
Sometimes I see it as my role as a parent - be the positive one. Be the role model. Connect with the friends of my teenagers, the other soccer players on their team. And sometimes at work it is all about taking the high road, doing what needs to be done even when it is hard.
Leadership isn't easy, especially for those of us who work in public education. Even when things feel out of control around us, we still have some assemblance of control. Who we are, how we react, what we allow ourselves to take home with us at the end of the day - its all up to us. Our goal should be to take our work, our role as leaders, our commitment to students one step further.
As promised, each of these blog posts will have some core components.
Does this topic resonate with you? One of my favorite authors, Lolly Daskal, wrote on this topic recently and her article delves more deeply into the man behind the quote in this article. Click on "Read It"....and be inspired to let your actions be a reflection of your beliefs.
There is a great video that I've shared for years on a Videos For Leadership website that I host with colleagues. This one really focuses on knowing your why, because when you know your why, you can truly be the change our students and our communities need you to be. Take a look.....
I love to take images that I find online and turn them into note cards. I take a blank powerpoint slide and put four images on a page so they are easy to size and cut down into note cards that fit into small envelopes. I then carry them around in my briefcase so I can write a note any time I see something I want to acknowledge at work, or even when I want someone to know they are appreciated.
Print in color on cardstock....practically free! Here are a few to consider....and to give frequently. Acknowledging others and being the positive force is a great way to, as Gandhi would say, "be the change."
Make it a great week!