I consider myself to be a caring leader. I am the middle school principal in the same community I grew up, live in a neighborhood that I spent many summer days playing baseball and other childhood games, and work with some teachers that served me as a young boy. These connections make leading and decision making difficult.
My mind has been on overload as I wrestle with decisions relating to hiring. Prior to my position as principal, I had very little awareness of how each decision is connected to so many other decisions and other people. My experience is also beginning to illustrate that each decision will have two distinct factions. One person or group will win the job, be awarded the proposal, or gain favor in light of the decision. The other group is comprised of the people that need to regroup and try again. The second group of people are the ones that I lose sleep over due to my tender heart, but should I?
Author and speaker Dave Rendall has a post in his blog under the same title as this post. His ideas gave me confidence in my decisions I have made in the past and plan to make in the future. I know I am a caring leader and in my heart I know that my decisions are not being swayed by popular opinion. My decisions for hiring, curriculum, purchases, and procedures are all placed on an equal foundation: What is best for the students within our school?
Obviously, what is best includes some of my opinion, but Mr. Rendall says that is okay, I’m the boss and I will continue to make tough decisions that will positively impact the learning of the students in our community. Thanks Mr. Rendall for giving me permission to be “the boss” as well as a caring leader.