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September 21, 2018

posted Sep 22, 2018, 12:16 PM by Christine Roman
Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week I started to reread a book. I am reading, The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. It is a quick read and it makes me reflect on my leadership skills and my personal growth.

I enjoyed reading this book because it is full of quotes that cause me to reflect on life and leadership. It also gives me little tidbits to “flesh out”. Here are some things I have been thinking about:

“Character is the greatest virtue of a person.”—I agree that character is an important virtue but so is honesty, respect, and love. How do you know which one is the greatest? Aren’t they all significant?
People enjoy leaders who enjoy life.”—I often reflect on the question, “Do I enjoy what I do?” I truly love being in education. I enjoy helping to create an atmosphere where all students feel comfortable and confident in their abilities. I love going to the lunchroom, checking in on students and talking with them about various topics. I enjoy helping them solve a problem. On my most stressful days, I wonder “Am I smiling enough? Do my colleagues know how much I appreciate working with them? Did I take a minute to laugh or watch the beautiful sunset?”

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they give up.”—It does make me wonder if I have given up on something right before I would have gotten the hang of it. Should I have given up on learning how to ski? If I wasn’t so nervous about breaking a leg and if I was more of a risk-taker, would I enjoy this life-long sport?

In the chapter called “Vision: You Can Seize Only What You Can See”, they ask you to do “a gut check. Consider what impacts you at the gut level. What makes you cry? (Watching my parents get older) What makes you dream? (Falling in love) What gives you energy?” (Hearing students laugh and trying to be the best leader I can be)

After reading this book, I came away with ideas, energy, and wonder. Sometimes I leave a book with more questions than when I started. Some “redo’s” are worth doing.

Have a good weekend!
-Ann
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