Leadership: the ability to lead, guide and influence other people.
As I sit at my desk on the very last day of my 30-year career as an educator, I had some time to reflect. I thought of all the people who have led me, from parents, to pastors, to teachers and administrators.
For 25 of those 30 years I have had the privilege of teaching in Columbia County. I have worked with the finest in fellow teachers, parents, administrators and, most importantly, children. I can only trust that I was able to impart to those precious little ones the love of learning, the importance of respect for each other, and to have a clean heart before God Almighty.
So much of what we hear from the halls of our schools is laced with violence, disrespect and the fruition of our social ills. But my principal at my present post inspires her faculty with a segment at each faculty meeting, “What’s right with our world.” She never lets us leave without pointing out the positive. Most often it is about the future of our world, our children.
The promise of a hope for the leaders of tomorrow in those little faces of today. May God hold them in the hollow of His hand.