Joseph Campbell wrote, “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.”
In leadership, it doesn’t help to be someone else, even if you’re trying to emulate your heroes and mentors. The only leader you can be is you.
Campbell states clearly: the only path you can be on is your path.
It may help to ask, how would Nelson Mandela approach this problem, but don’t try to be Madiba. Be you.
Vision is the same process.
Don’t write what you think the Board of Ed wants you to include in the vision.
Don’t start a vision trying to please your staff, students, and parents.
It doesn’t matter how Pirates, #HackingEducators, or Skateboarding Principals would write their vision.
The only vision that matters is your vision.
You are the leader. Own it. Start there.
Successful leaders write their vision first.
Then, they consult the communities they serve and ask: Did I get this right?
After that feedback loop they go back to their workbench, revise the vision, and re-present the vision asking again: Did I get this right?
But Vision always starts with you.