07 January 2020

Leading Me On

I struggle with the term "leader," especially as it applies to education. Is it tied to power or responsibility? Knowledge or expertise? Big picture or details? Is it strictly a function of job title or is it the ways others view you, regardless of your role? Is it how you act in the moment or how you live your life? When I am in a meeting where the people in the room (including me), and we are referred to as leaders, I am never sure who is being included...not even me.


I have learned to become more diplomatic over the years, although this 9-year old tweet makes it appear that I have been working on this for awhile. I have also learned that while my email inbox may well be a to do list created by other people, I control how I spend my time. And if a reply needs to sit overnight or another day, so be it. I don't know if that is a function of age or leadership skills. I just know that my early career self would have been so much less stressed if she knew this.

This year I am posting a tweet a day from a previous year and expand on it a bit as a way to get back in the habit of sharing via a blog. You can see my full list of tweets posted on this date, or start seeing your own by following On This Day.

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