As leaders in classrooms, buildings and districts return to a new school year, we are faced with the same daily demands from students, parents, and stakeholders. We are expected to give our best every day, to be innovative, to be responsive and more. And we meet those standards on most days. And yet, with any innovative, responsive, and thoughtful leader, we make mistakes.
As reflective leaders, we can obsess on those mistakes. And many times, our stakeholders obsess on them as well. The truth is – we must remember – we tried. We are flawed human beings, and we can grow every day from our mistakes. In fact, we SHOULD grow from our mistakes.
As the pressure may grow and people focus on your mistakes, make sure you focus on what you can learn from those mistakes. Let the noise of our errors remain outside of you, and let the growth happen within.
We are not perfect. We are flawed – and we are forgiven.