Why it’s essential for educators to connect to purposes larger than self interest

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The most effective way to forge a winning team is to call on the players’ need to connect with something larger than themselves. — Phil Jackson

One of educators’ most important responsibilities—whether they are classroom teachers, instructional coaches, principals, or district administrators—is to co-create with the school community a stretching, morally compelling vision that guides the daily life of the school, particularly the quality of teaching, learning, and relationships that occur within it.

Do you agree? If so, what are the steps leaders can take to ensure such visions?

4 Responses to “Why it’s essential for educators to connect to purposes larger than self interest”


  1. 1 Mike Phillips October 3, 2013 at 6:01 am

    After leaders facilitate the co-creation of a “stretching, morally compelling vision” they then need to provide the gift of high expectations. Leaders can observe day-to-day activities and be a mirror for the rest of the organization. Leaders, by having meaningful, respectful conversations, can provide continuous focus on the vision.

  2. 3 Patricia Stone-Reyes October 3, 2013 at 8:24 am

    A vision in something bigger than ourselves is what keeps us engaged in life and persistent in achieving goals. It is the language of “future” and the home of hope where purpose of life exists. The present is more exciting when connected to a future with room for many.


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