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Are You Heading in the Right Direction?

Ever see the movie, Planes, Trains and Automobiles with Steve Martin and John Candy?

I love the scene where they are heading down the highway and everyone is beeping at them and yelling...you're going the wrong way...

It's more funny to see it (watch it here) 2 minutes

The sad part is...this just happened to me the other day. 

I have a lot going on right now...my mind is cluttered with emotions and tasks at hand. 

I was trying to get back to my school when suddenly I realized, I was going the wrong way. Not the wrong way on a road (like the classic scene). The opposite direction of my school. 

This is probably why I constantly use my GPS on my phone. 

In order to get from one point to another I need to know:

1. Where I am.

2. Where I am going.

If I get off track, the GPS will adjust my route. 

Wouldn't that be great to have as a school leader?

Do you ever wonder.....

How to build a GPS for your school leadership. 

How to measure where you are and create a clear destination of where you are going. 

As well as how to create a route to get there. 

Here are some lessons to consider:

Lesson 1: Adaptability is Key.  School leaders must be agile and flexible in the face of unexpected challenges, whether it's navigating budget cuts, implementing new policies, or addressing unforeseen crises. By embracing change and remaining open to new ideas, leaders can steer their schools through turbulent times and emerge stronger on the other side.

Lesson 2: Communication Builds Bridges.  Effective communication is essential for school leaders to foster collaboration, inspire trust, and engage stakeholders in the shared vision for the institution. By fostering open dialogue and active listening, leaders can create a supportive environment where everyone feels valued and heard.

Lesson 3: Resilience Drives Progress.  Resilience is a critical trait for school leaders, enabling them to weather storms, overcome obstacles, and keep moving forward in pursuit of excellence. By cultivating resilience in themselves and their teams, leaders can inspire a culture of perseverance and determination that fuels progress and innovation.

Lesson 4: Vision Provides Direction.  School leaders must articulate a compelling vision that inspires and motivates stakeholders to work towards common goals. By aligning actions with vision and values, leaders can chart a course for success and guide their institutions towards a brighter future.

The journey of school leadership is filled with twists, turns, and unexpected challenges, much like the adventure depicted in "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles." By embracing adaptability, communication, resilience, and vision, leaders can navigate through uncertainty and steer their institutions in the right direction. So, are you ready to embark on the journey and lead your school to success?

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