This is not an indictment or a judgment, it is just an observation.
I understand the need for “down time.” I understand the need to balance family and work. I do not begrudge anyone who says “I’ve got to take some days and rest” or “Right now my family comes first.”
What I do have an issue with is those in our field who espouse the need for balance on one hand, yet want to reap the same rewards as those who outwork them day in and day out. The great athlete, lawyer, doctor, politician, teacher, and school leader obsess on their craft. They put in hour after hour of purposeful work honing their skills and increasing their understanding of our profession. The great ones aren’t “surprised” by their results; they simply examine them and adjust.
If you want your school to be great, it starts with purposeful work; lots of purposeful work. If you aren’t willing to model this, are you being honest with yourself about what you think is important? Do you really believe that your boss and your peers don’t notice?
Jim Collins states that “Good is the Enemy of Great.” I’m beginning to disagree. I believe “Good and Great” are conscious choices. “Good” is about balance and comfort. “Great” is about sacrifice and challenge.
What is your choice? What do your students, your staff and your campus need?
If you want to identify the great leaders and teachers, it’s not that difficult. Just pay attention to who shows up to work when it’s not fun and it’s not required.
Think. Work. Achieve.