Chapter 4 – Lead Others & Be Led

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5 Questions to Reflect

  1. Who are the people (mentors) that have impacted your life? Name 5 and the greatest lessons they taught you.
  2. How are you different today because of the people who have poured into you?
  3. Who around you is looking to YOU for leadership? How are you actively mentoring others?
  4. Who is currently serving as a mentor in your life? Who would you want to learn from that you could actively seek out?
  5. How does thinking through mentorship in a broader way help you think about thriving in the 5%?

5 Tips to Thrive

  1. Find a professional learning opportunity where you know you will find learning that will challenge you and make a way to attend. Buy that book you’ve heard others talk about (or open the one up on your nightstand that’s been there for a while) – and just read 10 pages per night.
  2. Consider doing a 360-degree profile to get a better assessment of how you see your leadership and how your colleagues see you.
  3. Commit to investing in someone. Start small – maybe ask them for coffee. Ask questions about what they love about what they do and what they see in their future. Share the positive traits that you see in them with them.
  4. Ask someone you respect and would like to learn from to lunch. Ask questions about their journey, their greatest hopes and the challenges they’ve walked through.
  5. Strengthen your professional learning network. When you’re at meetings and in professional learning, be intentional about meeting people. Online, enlarge who you follow or even participate in a twitter chat.

5 Resources to Dig Deeper

  1. ARTICLE: Emily Donaldson – A Seat at the Table: Where Are All the Female Superintendents?
  2. BOOK: Carol Dweck – Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
  3. BOOKS: John Maxwell – The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You + John Maxwell – Leadership Gold: Lessons Learned from a Lifetime of Leading
  4. VIDEO: Sheryl Sandberg – Mentorship Matters
  5. VIDEO: Simon Sinek – True MENTORSHIP is NOT a ONE-WAY Street