Most recently Twitter has also allowed me to participate in a virtual mentoring program (#SAVMP) created by George Courous: @gcouros. George has organized more than three hundred mentors and mentees across the world to connect through blogs, Twitter, Google Hangouts, and other social media tools in an attempt to collaborate and get better at our profession. I received an email from George last night outlining the plans for this program, and his recommendation to start a blog while creating a post about why I lead.
As a principal of two elementary schools, I get caught up in the day-to-day operations within our schools and sometimes forget about why I pursued an educational leadership position three years ago. I have pondered this question often and have come up with three main reasons of why I lead:
I lead to inspire and empower others. Whether I am working with teachers, students, paraprofessionals, or other staff members, it is always my goal to inspire and empower them to achieve more while producing their best work. Building capacity and empowering those around you is one of the most important jobs of the leader. We are in the people business, and it is truly about people and not programs.
As educators we have an incredible opportunity to provide students with a world class education while making positive impacts in their lives. Together we can accomplish this daunting task. We owe it to everyone to give our absolute best.