I consider myself an educational leader. Does that mean that I am perfect in any way? Absolutely not! It actually means that I am harder on myself than anyone else could be. I am constantly wondering what I can do better, how I can make better decisions, and how I can help as many people as I can while also consistently learning how to be better. I find myself trying to be everything to everybody, even though I know it is not possible. I have learned so much in a small amount of time about the human condition. How different people work in different ways. Sometimes, it is lonely at the top (as someone told me recently).
But I just heard Eric Sheninger @E_Sheninger speak and he said something to let me know that I am on some type of right track. He said “You are not a leader until you have produced another leader!” I strongly believe in that. I tell educators that as a leader, you should want…no EXPECT those “under” you will eventually grow enough to lead on their own and leave you. That should be a goal that you are progressing your people to become leaders or to find the leadership qualities that are already in them! As a leader, we have to help build people up!
What I do not understand is why that is so scary for some people/leaders. Why is it so scary to have someone else succeed? Wouldn’t it be a blessing to say that someone that you trained can take your job one day and hopefully go even further than you have gone? I truly do not understand! But, I honestly believe in this mindset and I hope that many other leaders do too. I will hold on to the hope that they do!
People call me a lifelong student. I guess I am.
I will turn 40 at the end of next year and I will still be in school at that time. I don’t know why I feel the need to get a degree in everything that I am interested in! haha I have 5 now, but I am finally finishing/starting again the one that has escaped me: the PhD! When I was on track at Louisiana State University, I was on the path to have 4 degrees and have one of them be my PhD by the time I was 30! However, that accomplishment never happened. I got all the way up to the Generals and I dropped. My life changed and I moved to a different state (hello Texas). I left the classroom and became a library media specialist. That led to my real 4th degree. Then, life happened again and I moved back to Louisiana and started working in technology. Along came my 5th degree.
But still no PhD. It still evaded me.
Am I tired of school? Why, yes…yes I am! But I never tire of learning! So…here I am back again to get my EdD. I have no doubt that this time is the right time and I strongly feel that God does everything for a reason. As I begin this degree (today is the very first day of the program), I am nervous, but excited to start this final (yes…I am claiming no more school after this…haha) journey to a degree in school. EdD…here I come!
Desiree Alexander aka Educator Alexander is excited about her first blog, Honestly Desiree! Learn more about her at www.educatoralexander.com/about.