Seeking Leadership Balance

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by Gordon Taylor/Region 10 ESC Executive Director

I have a blue 3×5 notecard on my desk labeled “Leadership Balance”. It’s there to continually remind me about my personal role as a leader as well as Region 10’s role as a leader in Texas education.

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The points below from author and speaker John Maxwell force me to remember that leadership requires balance. The most powerful word in this list is “and,” but if you don’t read it carefully you can miss its importance.

  1. Leaders are both confident and modest
  2. Leaders communicate passionately and listen patiently
  3. Leaders give encouragement, and they are never satisfied
  4. Leaders protect people from danger and expose them to reality
  5. Leaders blaze the trail and show the way
  6. Leaders initiate change while standing for values that don’t change
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