“I have a dream.”
Millions were inspired by those words.
Now if Martin Luther King had said, “I have a strategic plan” or “I have a set of performance indicators”, do you think the effect would have been the same?
It is a dream, or a vision – a shared vision, that motivates groups of people to rise above expectations.
In his recent book, Uplifting Leadership, Hargreaves reflects on seven years of global research to list four characteristics of organizations that have risen to the top with seemingly very few resources.
The number one characteristic is the relentless pursuit of a shared dream or vision.
Mary Jean Gallagher tells us that schools must be places where children can realize their “best possible, most richly-imagined future” (Jan. 17, 2014, Toronto)
As we begin this new school year, I wonder…
Do we share those dreams with our students? Are we relentlessly pursuing them together?
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