This evening my friend, Christie, and I had the opportunity to listen to Steve Farber speak. He is the author of the book The Radical Leap Re-Energized.
I read the book at the end of last year and was inspired to change the way I thought about work. The main idea is that cultivating Love generates Energy inspires Audacity and provides Proof (LEAP). In order to be an extreme leader you must love what you do in the service of people who love what you do.
During the course of the presentation, Mr. Farber challenged us to think about 4 guiding questions.
Why do I love this and how do I show it?
- What do I/we really do here? What’s the “higher meaning and purpose” in my/our work?
- How are we going to change the world of our students, staff, etc?
- Do I/we really want to do this (L.E.A.P.)?
Just thinking about these questions made me really think about how I can change the way I do “business” at work. How will I interact with the people I encounter each day? What energy am I giving? The questions helped me remember why I actually wanted to be a teacher. It also made me think about why I might want to be an administrator. I should not be afraid to take the L.E.A.P. in my daily life.
At the end of the presentation, Mr. Farber left us all with one more question to ponder. I write it here for all of you to do the same: What can you do right now to change the piece of the world you are in, regardless of the people and the circumstances around you, for the better?