“Someone, at some point, came up with this very bad idea that an ordinary individual couldn’t make a difference in the world. I think that’s just a horrible thing.” —John Skoll
What if you could go through each day without replaying every misstep before you fell asleep at night? What if we told ourselves that we were absolutely good enough? What if we could shift the way we view our imperfections?
Our schools and our communities need all educators to see themselves as leaders in some way. As the true gladiators of our time, teachers have an opportunity to embrace leadership while still trying to find their way. Since when did being a leader mean that you have to have all the answers? It’s time to stop pretending that leadership is reserved for a select few outside of the classroom.
A leader doesn’t need a title, a degree or sign outside their door. A leader hides in all of us. Let’s stop making leadership something bigger than it is. Because when we do that, when we devalue everyday leadership, 99% of us take a step back instead of charging into the arena.
In a culture that demands the impossible, nobody can do this alone. We know that together is better. That’s why we teamed up to write Leading with Imperfection. We wonder what could happen if we remove the burden of perfection and find joy and strength in good enough.
The timing is imperfect. Step into the arena.