* As a school principal, I learned a lot about what to do, by learning a lot about what not to do. Poor leaders can make excellent teachers for those following, because their actions and outcomes inform the way in which those observing and following will make their decisions in the future.

The key is not to make the mistakes you saw them making. The key is to learn and to remember that learning when you get into a leadership role and decision making position.


* When in a subordinate position, one learns of things that she or he would do differently if elevated into a leadership role. When arriving, people tend to act in a way that shows they are either ignoring their previous thinking on change needs. Or have forgotten about it altogether.
Follow through on earlier resolutions and don’t shelve them as irrelevant. Remember why you thought the change was necessary. The reason will still be current.

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