Not All Who Wander Are Lost – A Lesson in Leadership Paths

10 thoughts on “Not All Who Wander Are Lost – A Lesson in Leadership Paths”

  1. I’d say 90% of my career has been wandering. Sometimes I can be hard on myself and the self talk of “why don’t you have a path?” comes to play. (When I get into this mode I try to remind myself of the Emilie Wapnick TedTalk on being a multipotentialite) A few times in my career I’ve been told I was a “real leader” in education and I am often caught off guard or brush it off because I sometimes feel that “leaders” in education are people who do the step 1 – step 2 – step 3 – end result path. Its an old way of thinking for sure. In my gut I belive there is freedom in getting lost because by dabbling in different things we learn what we love what we can do without, what our strengths and passions are and we can slowly build a life we are happy with and inspired by. I don;t know what my “end goal” is professionally, and I kinda like that 😉

  2. As an outdoor educator I find because of timelines and bus departures too often we need to say “stay to the trail” – however the best epiphanies and my own memorable leadership moments tend to come when you find the time to step off the trail into unknown areas. Therefore it is something we encourage often.
    Education (& educational leadership) should be less a cruise ship with pre determined stops. It must be more of a canoe trip where the route is chosen by your own paddle and agenda. If you want to explore the shallows or a tiny creek that catches your interest do so as that is after all inquiry driven.
    Nice post Tina

  3. A great read! The other day, a principal was asking me why I was doing a certain project – for my masters? For leadership? No, because I’m just innately curious to find out what happens to student learning. I will no doubt learn a lot about leadership during the project. I agree that the journey, not the destination of leadership is what is important. I too wonder when these less traditional means of getting here might be “counted”.

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