My Moment - Day 26 - Leading Up

If you have not gotten a chance to read my blog about my #oneword for 2016, check out Enjoy the Moment. 

As I mentioned in my blog, my #oneword is a call to action for me to be mindful of the moments that make up my day. The moments at home, the moments at work and the moments that happen in between.

Leading Up. Have you heard of this term? As a building leader, growing the capacity of teachers and staff on my campus is a top priority. I grow capacity through asking questions, through listening, sharing experiences, sharing resources, such as books or articles I have read and by supporting our teachers unconditionally. That all sounds great, right? It's not leading up. 

Leading up is the opposite. Leading up requires asking questions, listening, sharing experiences, sharing resources, such as books or articles with those in positions above you. (Yes, your boss or supervisor can learn from you...and they should.)

Leading up is powerful! I welcome it! I love learning from our teachers. I would be a fool to think I know more than them. I am just one person and we have a large staff.  Fact of the matter is, it is not about who knows more, it's about how well we can learn together and from one another.  

As I walked into work this morning, I noticed an article that was shared with me by one of our teachers in the mailbox outside my door. It had the following note attached to it:


Thought of you when I saw this since you introduced me to Kid President. 

In the moment I thought, "that was nice of her to share that" as I placed it on my desk and carried on with my day. 

I didn't pay much attention to it. I wonder, how many times do I share things that do not get paid attention to? My unsolicited two cents...if I share something and one person learns from it, it was worth it. I hope more check it out, but I realize some will set it aside. Some set it aside and never look at it again while others set it aside until the time is right. 

As I sat down at my desk, at the end of my day, I noticed the article I had haphazardly sat aside and was reminded of the term leading up. It was what this teacher was doing. She was sharing and being the lifelong learner I am, I chose to read it. 

If you are a fan of Kid President you will appreciate this article.

Here is the link to the article:

Morale of the story, lead up! Never be afraid to share your thoughts and ideas with those in positions above you. Leaders in the highest of positions can afford to be inspired and engage by those who work along side of them. 

Thank you teacher for sharing and thank you teacher for leading up! 

What was your moment today? 

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