About four years ago, my life took a devastating turn. I was in a fire accident and had a one percent chance of survival. I was airlifted to San Antonio, TX where I remained in a two-month coma.
Being athletic was, and continues to be, a part of my life. It's a part of my job and it resonated in how I live my life, but I didn't ever connect to it as an extension of my identity.
I grew up with the impression that school principals looked and acted like a combination of Principal Ed Rooney from the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and Principal Gerald Strickland from “Back to the Future.” Heck, I even realized Principal Seymour Skinner from my favorite TV show of all time, “The Simpsons,” was never exactly adored. Knowing how the principalship was represented in these characters, who would ever want to be a school leader?
There’s a myth in leadership that it's lonely at the top, and there’s another myth suggesting that introverts don’t like people. But the truth is: There are ways for all leaders to stay connected; the successful ones find ways to make those connections a priority.
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