The best story I have ever heard about a student essay goes like this. Student (let's call her Jane) was tasked to write about an event that changed her life. In this essay, Jane wrote about the Champion Ship - not the championship, but literally, the "ship" of champions. I feel like I'm not off base here in assuming that sweet Jane had very likely never participated in a championship game. All along, Jane has been thinking that her friends are getting to go on this ship without her, so she made up her experience getting to board the Champion Ship. (Or maybe her parents just went on a cruise that summer, who am I to say).
As silly as this essay story might be, it has always stuck with me. There's something in the metaphor about "getting on board. This year, I am boarding the Leader Ship. Getting on this ship means I am all in to set sail on a grand adventure of a new school year. I am ready to "Lead like a Pirate". I cannot wait to travel the 2019-2020 school year "seas" with an incredible crew.
Leadership should be all about "getting on board" and doing #allthethings, so for me, this year, you won't just find me using leadership as a noun. It's not a thing that I am. It is a thing that I do. I am boarding this ship. I am excited to hoist these sails and see just how far this Leader Ship can take us this school year.
Mrs. Autumn Riley
Native born Texan, Autumn Riley, is an educator-leader married to a dynamic high school teacher and mom to two wild little boys. When she isn't training for her next half-marathon, she spends time working on her sketch-noting and poetry.-writing. She is a Christ-follower and small group leader. All content is copyrighted to Autumn Riley. You may freely pin to Pinterest or link back to my blog. All other uses require permission. Thanks!