Recently I was in a conversation with a group of school leaders and they were sharing how expensive a professional development quote was for their staff.
I shared, well, If you think the price for training is expensive, just wait until you get the bill for incompetence.
This is a common problem in the field of education. Schools will not invest in their people. They succumb to the “position” trap.
They assume by having the position they don’t need more training. Or worse, they don’t have the position but once they do THEN they will sign up.
What they don’t realize is that leadership evolves daily, not just in a day. Not in an event.
Even if we are avid readers or listen to podcasts, read blogs and articles, this doesn’t mean we will be better leaders. It just means we are more informed.
We pour ourselves into work, family, mentoring co-workers, and are involved in community groups or activities.
Being involved with these...
In professional development sessions, administrator certification programs, administrative meetings, we spend a lot of time teaching and telling leaders what to do.
We do not spend enough time teaching leaders what to stop doing.
I believe in order to be more effective as a leader, you must know what to stop doing.
One of the most powerful leadership principles I have learned from my leadership mentor John Maxwell is the Law of Priorities from Maxwell's 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.
The Law of Priorities teaches us that busyness doesn’t equal productivity.
You see, activity is not necessarily accomplishment.
More than half of the school leaders I initially begin to work with as their coach or thinking partner do not need to learn more leadership skills.
They need to learn what to stop doing and where to prioritize their time.
They need to stop trying to do it all and stop trying to learn HOW to do it all.
I challenge you this week to celebrate...