What do we fear as leaders? Do we fear doing the right thing? Do we fear rejection by our team (if a leader) or colleagues? Do we fear the challenge of tackling curriculum, politics, adversity, mediocrity, etc.? According to George (2007), “To overcome their fears, they drive so hard for perfection that they are incapable of acknowledging either failures or weaknesses” (George, p. 30). I encourage everyone to move beyond the notion of perfection. None of us are perfect nor will we ever be. Better yet, strive for excellence and keep your standards high.
George, B. (2007). True-North: Discover your authentic leadership. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to see it, the movie Coach Carter is very inspiring.