Creating Leadership Opportunity

The famous quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson says,

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yet, that’s not the only leadership advice we have. During the month of November, we delved deeply into the topic of Creating Leadership Opportunity.

With guest hosts Aubrey Patterson, Jon-Eric Ziaer, and Lauren Higgins, we discssused a series of pertinent questions for principals, aspiring principals, and school leaders including:

  • How does gratitude fuel your leadership attitude for the better?
  • How accurate is the phrase, they will become what you think of them?
  • What’s the importance of the “and” in the quote: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader”?
  • What does it mean to take ownership for the areas in which you lead?

Here are the top responses for the month of November 2019.

Leadership and Gratitude

“I am genuinely grateful for people who put kids at the center of their work and decisions. Even when I disagree with a decision, If I know the intent, and it’s about kids, there’s no room for anger.”
Erika Garcia

“Gratitude helps me see the not-so-goods in life as blessings. Everything happens for a reason and I am playing a part of something big. grateful for my part.”
Kellie Bahri

How Expectations Lead to Growth

“Try to find the positive and build off it – instead of always seeing the deficit.”
– Matthew X. Joseph, @MatthewXJoseph

“…developing and growing someone professionally is a partnership. It takes work, intentionality, mentoring, tough conversations, and kudos where applicable.”
– Cristobal T. Saldana, @saldanact

“Some of the best leaders I know are fantastic at not being the loudest voice in the room – rather they are outstanding listeners and allow for others to grow, to be creative, and to show initiative.”
– Monica Gupta Mehta, @monicagmehta

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