This is the first day of a brand-new year. So likewise, this is a great day for me to start a brand-new blog. I chose the construction photo above to signify the notion that this site is under construction – much like the ideas I have for blogging. I chose the title, Leadership Soup for a few reasons:
- Soup is the mixing of flavors and ingredients to create something warm and comforting. Leaders mix ideas and perspectives while offering warmth and comfort to those they lead.
- The key to good soup is selecting just the right chunks of meat, vegetables, herbs, and spices that will work well together. The key to good leadership is selecting just the right individuals to work together toward achieving a common goal.
- Soup can be considered a super-food, and something almost everyone enjoys. Leaders tap into the super-powers of those they work with, and focus on the enjoyment of the team and others.
The term ‘soup’ is also an abbreviated play on words for my present job title, “supt.”. I currently serve as the superintendent of the Casa Grande School District. In this role, I have the opportunity to set the tone for the teachers, staff members, students, and families. I get to focus on their happiness, fulfillment, and success. I am able to build confidence and create a learning environment where all feel a sense of belonging and connection. One of the things I love the most about my job is my responsibility to let others know they matter. I do this by showing respect and sharing decision-making authority.
I am looking forward to jotting some leadership ideas down for your consideration. I would love your feedback regarding topics as the blog progresses. I intend to blog at least two times per week, and hope to include insights and practical examples of leadership in action within a school district environment.