Leader Reads: How to Lead When You Aren't In Charge by Clay Scroggins

I'm a leader.  But I'm definitely not in charge.  This leadership book provided so much insight into not just how I see myself as a leader in my organization but how God sees me.  It helped me pace my plans and provided a blueprint for helping me shape not just how I lead others but how I see and lead myself.

I've always admired Clay's tenacity and storytelling and miss his weekly sermons.  I'm thankful that he was able to share his insight so keenly, clearly, and humorously with me.

I highly recommend this book for anyone - leader or not - struggling to find your fit professionally.

... leaders who consistently leverage their authority are far less effective in the long term than leaders who leverage their infuence.
— Clay Scroggins, "How To Lead When You Aren't In Charge"

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Leader Reads: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

It took me several months to read this amazing book.  Not because I didn't love it but because I was so busy.  And that busyness is at the heart of what Sheryl Sandberg discusses in Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.  While this is a "leadership book", it is also a must read for moms who feel the guilt of getting up and going to work every day.  I began reading Lean In as I started a new job in school administration.  There were some longer days.  Some later nights.  And, to be honest, a little bit more guilt about our new lifestyle.  But.  We made it.  I highly reccomend this book for all women (and men) juggling life.

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.
— from "Lean In", Harvard Business School definition of leadership

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Lead: Simon Sinek & Millenials

This. Right. Here.  If you are a leader, mentor, millennial or whatever comes after millennials, stop,  Stop what you are doing and watch this.  This speaks to me on so many levels - but in all honesty, our obsession with our phones.  It's out of control.  

This perspective is important.

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Teach: Ron Clark

Every educator should watch this speech - Ron Clark is the mecca of Educational Leadership and it is his vision that consistently inspires me to continually think beyond the red tape.  When in doubt, slide.


Inspiration: Oprah Winfrey

"Speaking your truth is the most powerful thing you can do." - Oprah 



Inspiration: David Saville & Dabo Swinney

There is nothing more inspirational than inclusion - the only disability is attitude.

And good leaders, they know good people.  I think I have a crush on Dabo.