Reflections from the Frontline Reflection: #6 – More than an Instructional Leader
Synopsis: Dr. Duncan details his experience as a new elementary principal with the introduction of Ms. Lozado. Ms. Lozado was a teaching assistant who was loved by the kids as well as staff. She had aspirations to become a full-time teacher, however, she was unable to pass the math portion of the competency test. Dr. Duncan told her, “You are going to pass next time and I am going to help you.” Because of his assistance, and her determination, Ms. Lozado passed the test, and was hired as a full-time teacher.
Dr. Duncan did not have to help Ms. Lozado. He could have let her struggle and used the opportunity to reap the benefits of someone who had teacher’s skills, but was paid as an assistance. But, that was not his goal…he saw it as an opportunity for someone to grow…and all they needed was help from someone else. With his help, she was able to accomplish her goals.
Many of us are only one step away from accomplishing our goals and dreams. But, no matter how hard we try or how much effort we exert, we fall short. It takes just that one additional person to give us that extra nudge. Whats’s important (for both us and other people to recognize) is this individual could be unrelated to the goal we are trying to accomplish. We can not “shew” someone away because we perceive them as not being able to help our cause.
I had this lesson explained to me by one of my professors from The Ohio State University (who is now a mentor) in this simplest form….
You can spend your time getting to know the CEO so that he can help with your career. But you also need to know the janitor. It is the janitor, who on rainy days, now where the extra umbrellas are located.
Everyone who comes into your life has a purpose. Don’t compartmentalize them on what you think the purpose may be. They may be there for something totally different.
Dr. Sabin Duncan is the Associate Director of the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute & the Honors College at Hampton University. He is the author of “Reflections of the Frontline” – a memoir of his experience as an educator.
You can purchase his book at the following links: iTunes, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Hard Copy. He is also the owner of Measurable Advancement – a source for educational consulting and its corresponding blog.
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