15 decisions that will separate the most successful school leaders from the average administrators this year.

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Double down on yourself

“Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” -Robin Sharma

Stop talking: Do something.

“Ideas are easy. Execution is everything.”

-John Doerr

Commit to your zone of genius

“Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.”

-Jessica Jackley

If it’s not a “Hell Yes!” then it’s a “Hell No!”

“Don’t say maybe if you want to say no.”

-Ryan Holiday

Start the Day with a Win

“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task … and another …”

-Admiral William H. McRaven

You’re not too busy to journal

“Keeping a personal journal, a daily in-depth analysis and evaluation of your experiences is a high-leverage activity that increases self-awareness and enhances all the endowments and the synergy among them.”

- Stephen R.Covey

Share your message more than you are comfortable with sharing it

“Just when you are tired of saying [the message], that is when your people start to hear it for the first time.”

-Jeff Weiner

Do you understand what kind of feedback they are providing?

“Feedback comes in three forms: appreciation (thanks), coaching (here’s a better way to do it), and evaluation (here’s where you stand).”

-Douglas Stone & Sheila Heen

Dismantle racist systems

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

-James Baldwin

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

-Desmond Tutu

Craft a bold vision

“Even God lends a hand to honest boldness.”


Develop your emotional intelligence

“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.”

-Daniel Goleman

Express gratitude often

“When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.”


The gap and the gain

“The distance between [your] goal and [your] ideal is ‘The Gap.’ Measuring

your progress this way only leads to unhappiness.”

-Dan Sullivan

Collaborate with other leaders regularly

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

-Helen Keller

Replenish Energy

“On the world stage, we do not talk about working hard. Everybody works hard. Everybody is a freaking hard worker on the world stage and they’ve got this incredible talent to go with it. It’s exciting and it’s fun to work hard.

We talk more about science and the art of recovery so that we can work hard on a regular basis and we don’t burn ourselves out in ways emotionally, physically or sometimes spiritually so to speak that we can’t go the distance.”

-Dr. Michael Gervais

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