This past week I spent three days with my fellow principals, assistant principals, and district level personnel as we came together for our annual leadership conference. This year was different than the past years, as we had the Flippen Group come out and lead us through their Leadership Blueprint program. If you haven’t worked with, or heard of the Flippen Group, I highly recommend that you look them up and try to get to one of their conferences. We spent two days reflecting, collaborating, and participated in some deep discussions around leadership. The trainer, Dr. Sean Dunphy, was funny, engaging, well versed in the material he was presenting. This made it easy for everyone in the room to relax and engage in the training. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to engage in conversations around how my leadership directly has an impact on bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and other support staff around the district. You don't always realize how your leadership in your building, can impact others around the district.
When I left this training on Thursday, I drove off deep in thought about my leadership style, and the impact my behaviors and decisions have on others around my campus and beyond. Honestly, I left this meeting wanting more! I was wishing I had more time to absorb, indulge, and grow! I quickly realized on my drive back home that my experience at this training left me feeling fully recharged and ready to lead my staff into the new school year.
So how can every school and district leader leave trainings feeling this way? Here are some strategies that I have learned that I need to do when at conferences and trainings that allow me to leave feeling reacharged and ready to lead.
Next time you attend a training, or conference, try "Leaning In", engaging with others, absorbing as much as you can, and contributing to the growth of others in your group! By doing this, I hope you are able to leave every training and conference, recharged and ready to lead!
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