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Leaders Inspire

Can you explain why some leaders and organizations inspire others? Is there a secret, or is it something people are born to do?

Think of those leaders in your life, in history, and yourself. How have they inspired? What makes them stand out? Why do people want to follow them?

Inspiration comes in different forms and many faces. It is something that makes someone want to do something. It stirs deep emotion in others as they influence, spark ideas, moves them to innovation and creativity—a good idea or cause to make changes fuels the influence.

Some leaders in our history became great because of how they persevered to overcome circumstances to achieve extraordinary things. There is one leader I have admired since my childhood. I learned about him in my classroom, and his words moved me. I still am influenced by his wisdom.

“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Dr. Martin Luther King is just one of the leaders; in addition, I have Mother Teresa, Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, and several more throughout history. My mother is also one of my leadership influences.

My mother did not have an education, did not know how to drive, and was a stay-at-home mom. She instilled in me the ability to lead others with passion, heart, and trustworthiness. She would visit with all of the neighborhood. As she would go, she would prepare things to take with her. Sometimes it would be baked goods, stuff from the garden, a plate of food, or something she knew they would need or like. She would sit and listen to their concerns and would offer any help we could do. Neighbors would come to our house as well, and it was everyone working to help each other. It did not matter who you were or how much money you had; my mother treated everyone just like family. She had a “why,” her purpose.

Simon Sinek·TEDxPuget Sound How great leaders inspire action is a great talk! He takes the time to explain the what, how, and why. Everyone can tell you what they do. If you ask, they can tell you how they do it as well. However, telling you the why can be difficult for some. Sure it could be to make a profit or get a paycheck, but that is not the why that excites the drive to influence others. The why is the difference between leaders who can inspire and influence those who manage.

Leadership is not limited to a specific type of individual but to one who can think, speak and act from the inside out. Their heart helps connect others with the passion they have in what they do that others want to do. It is how they engage others into the what and how that brings out the why in them.

I am so thankful for our historical leaders who have done fantastic work to change the actions, laws, beliefs, fought wars for our freedoms, and sacrifice even their own life to accomplish the goals they wanted to achieve. I encourage you to know what you believe, who you are, and the why that drives you. Leadership is needed!

Thank you for being part of the solution daily.

It’s not easy being green, or leading!

Before you leap into anything, take a breath and understand a few things! There is a difference between a leader and a manager. Are you a reader and learner? Do you know the why, how and what about you are doing? Let’s discuss!

The chart provides a quick glance at the difference between leadership and management. Leadership is an individuals ability to influence, inspire, motivate, and enable others to believe in the vision. Leaders can energize the group to work together without power or control to accomplish the goal. Management is tasked-oriented with the day-to-day operations. They make sure everything is assigned, taken care of and completed to accomplish the goals.

I had the honor of working with the Wallace Foundation through the SAM’s Project (School Administrator Managers). As principal of a large middle school, we were able to hire a SAM to take care of the management responsibilities of my position in order for me to focus more time on instructional needs. I found it to be beneficial when the SAM was experienced. To find out more visit the Wallace Foundation website https://www.wallacefoundation.org/principal-story/pages/sam-project.aspx

Dr. Bill Sommers is an author, consultant, teacher, principal, leadership coach, learner and one of the individuals who has read more books than anyone! When my husband complains about all of the books I have, I am going to reference a few people like Dr. Sommers. The best advice I have heard him provide is read! If you think things are the same as they were ten years ago, they are not. Who knew we would have Covid-19 and life would be turned upside down.

His wisdom is priceless! I know our biggest excuse is we do not have time to read all of these books, check all of these emails, blog posts, or attend webinars. However, if we are not modeling growth in learning for staff and students, how do we expect them to achieve it? Block out just 15 minutes a day to professionally read. Do you have a commute? Listen to a podcast, webinar or audiobook on your drive. Then share one thought you gained with others!

Learn more about Dr. Summers at his website and also as he talks to Jim Knight. A great place to start your learning!https://youtu.be/7wK8aGaztlY https://learningomnivores.com/about-us/

I have often spoken about understanding why. Why is your purpose in life? Sometimes the why can be left in a fog when we let other things interfere. Each year I select one word to help drive my why. It helps me keep my focus. Simon Sinek is the author of Start with the Why and also Find Your Why. I have included his Tedtalk, which is relevant to everyone working in a public setting. I want to share just a few words from his book:

“I imagine a world in which the ability to inspire is practiced not just by a chosen few, but by the majority. Studies show that over 80 percent of Americans do not have their dream job.” “I hope to inspire others to do the things that inspire them so that together we may build the companies, the economy and a world in which trust and loyalty are the norm and not the exception.” Take action today!

Each day my goal is to help someone. I have told leaders and teachers I have coached/mentored you may never know the impact you have on others. Days can be difficult when you face many challenges, but you are doing all you can! Always know when you least expect it a little reminder of why you do comes to you!

Leadership comes at different stages and places in life. People can help inspire others without realizing they are impacting others. One word of encouragement placed at the right time authentically makes a big difference.

My daughter is a special education teacher with three children of her own. She also has a little mini farm of ducks, chickens, rescue dogs, a cat, and mice she rescued. She has a big heart! Days can be full for her and exhausting, and she had a hard day a few days ago. Then that evening, a parent sent her a message to thank her for doing the extra stuff she is doing with music in the classroom because her child is responding. He had a challenging year last year, but you are making a difference. Way to go, mom for helping to lift up a teacher!

My husband made a phone call to schedule an appointment for a visit to the doctor. The receptionist asked if he knew Brenda. “Yes, that is my wife.” “She had my boys in school and was a blessing.” More was discussed, but it was so many years ago that I had her children it touched our hearts.

Then as I turn on my computer, I see a picture of a former student taking on a new leadership position as he continues to grow. He set out to Washington, D.C. and has done a great job in accomplishing goals. I am very proud of Diante!

We are reminded of our why, and it reinforces our call to action. Please continue to do so; others will find what and how! It’s not easy being green, but let’s discover why!

Thank you for being the solution daily!