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Karen Hammel

Pete, thank you for writing about leadership ethos! I am very interested in leadership preparation and personal transformation. I have found, as you did, that "the educational institutions over which we preside, have trained us to look for important answers outside ourselves. We have been trained to look for insights, tips and techniques that we can employ with little effort to help us succeed". And yet, here you are touting another way! How did you come to that place? Was it your formal leadership preparation, your mentors perhaps? Do you think this way of seeing the world can be taught? Should it be? Have you met many leaders who share or even desire your views of leadership?

I have been on my own journey of personal transformation, initiated through formal leadership preparation, for four years now. I struggle to hang on to purpose, unsure if there is a place for personal transformation in leadership. Indeed, I have "seen the handwriting on the wall" and all but dropped out of leadership roles, even by not speaking up. I would like to connect to your sense of optimism and purpose in a new approach to leadership. Thanks for stepping up.

Karen

pete reilly

Karen;
I don't know if I can answer all your questions in one commen here; but I do think that this new view of leadership is absolutely necessary.

I have had several important teachers along the way...Richard Strozzi Heckler of the Strozzi Institute, Douglas Firestone Sensei 6th Dan, Aikido of Westchester and Thomas White of Profoundly Simple.

I have been getting inquiries from a number of folks who are interested in this new approach. It is heartening.

More on this...at http://preilly.wordpress.com

pete

Sean Martinson

Pete, thank you for your words of Wisdom. Two things you wrote stuck out the most in my mind...

"Regardless of what title you hold or role you play in your organization .... ideas go nowhere without leadership."

How true, and as you note in your two examples of staff leading the way, it is not always, nor does it have to be, the Principal/Superintendent leading the way.

"....educational institutions over which we preside, have trained us to look for important answers outside ourselves".

I've been blessed to see Professional Learning Communities take hold in my region. How valued one feels when they are looked to as the expert.... often is joked that when we have presenters come to our schools they are only "experts" if they've driven over 50 miles!

Thank you again.

Sincerely,
Sean M.

pete reilly

Sean;
I've also heard an expert described as someone who has guessed "right" more than once.
:)
Pete

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