MVP: When people put on a good face, it can be hard to know how much they are struggling
Harold was wrapping up his third year and had struggled the entire time. He found the curriculum to be overwhelming, and he perpetually felt like he was barely one step ahead of the kids.
Harold did have a vibrant personality and consistently wore his best face. He kept his struggles to himself. He felt like he was a fake, an imposter. By the end of that third year, he decided that teaching wasn’t for him. Although he loved the kids, he felt too often like a failure and a fraud.
When he turned in his resignation, his principal was surprised.
Before you go… have you ever suffered from imposter syndrome?
If so… you MUST listen to yesterday’s episode of The Assistant Principal Podcast, in which I spoke with Tequilla Lamar on imposter syndrome. In my opinion, this episode is THE BEST WE HAVE EVER RECORDED (so far). Tequilla is a remarkable and precious human being.
If you have ever felt unworthy, please listen to this show for some concrete actionable strategies to kick imposter syndrome out of your head!
The stories this week are about schools, but the lessons apply to all leaders. Two weeks ago, I spoke with three teachers who are leaving the profession. While each daily message will stand on its own, there is an underlying theme which I will pull together on Friday.
Today’s intention: Pay close attention to the people you work with. Listen closely. Are there any people who doubt themselves?