Trying to be perfect is a heavy burden for principals and teacher leaders and a source of stress for others in the school community with whom they interact.
Here’s my list of reasons for why perfection is not a worthy goal:
1. It is impossible to be perfect;
2. Trying to be perfect is incredibly stressful;
3. Trying to be perfect can cause us to expect perfection in others, which is incredibly stressful for them;
4. Striving for perfection can lead to paralysis;
5. Because of that paralysis, the perfect can become the enemy of the good, which means that good things may not get done;
6. Lowering one’s standards to, say, 90% can be a way of breaking through the paralysis to actions that benefit students; and
7. Many things that are good for students don’t have to be perfect to add value to their school experience.
Please add to the list: Assuming that 10 was a desirable number of reasons, I wrote the title of this post before I made the list. Then I discovered that I could come up with just seven reasons. Given that it’s okay and even desirable to be less than perfect, I’m hoping that obliging readers will offer a few more items for the list.