Family

12 Jul

As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.” – Pope John Paul II

I love this quote from John Paul. This term in my inquiry and work I have learned that leadership is difficult. It can be complex, stressful and formidable. It often conspires to reward and frustrate simultaneously. More often than not, it is two steps forward and one back. It is just the nature of the schools or institutions. It is the end of the term so it is time to reflect.

I believe in servant leadership. It can that make you feel like you are part of something significant, even life-changing. Leadership that makes you want to be ‘part of something’.

I live for those moments that everybody gets it. The “we did it together” moment. Raising others up. No agendas. No undisclosed causes. Just for the betterment of students, learners, akonga.

Yet, truly authentic leadership at its highest level exacts a price and it takes a toll. It is all-encompassing. Never off the clock. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy the holiday break. It is a chance to recharge the batteries and refresh the soul.

For this reason, leadership requires a balance. This is especially true if we are to serve others at the highest level. The stories are too numerous to count – leaders who have done phenomenal things for their organizations – yet, have left a scattered path of failed families, failed marriages, and troubled children in the wake of their organizational triumphs. Those truly great leaders have balance. They have their support team.

As I enter the holidays and make our plans and goals for the term to come we need to put home at the top of our priority list. Home is where real leadership starts. And it will be the most difficult and most important leadership job we will ever tackle. And the most rewarding. Family. My family is ground zero…the foundation of my leadership. They deserve the best. Not what we have left-over from long days of serving others. I suppose what I am saying this week leadership will flourish and grow to the betterment of the organizations and people that we serve outside of our family. These holidays I am taking time for family. I hope you do also.

Professional Reading

“To lead the people, walk behind them.” – Lao Tzu

Thought for the week

Remember to keep a good balance between your revisions and rest these school holidays. Don’t burn yourself out, but don’t waste the time.

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