The Principal's Principles

A Middle School Principal, striving to make the world a better place, one day at a time.

A Lesson From My Mentor: Focus on Yourself and What You Can Control

One of my mentors was a successful building administrator before moving on to work with his own leadership development program. From my experiences talking with him, my biggest takeaway is:

Focus on yourself and what you can control.

I’m always honored when the line “stay in your lane” is associated with me. The inspiration for my motto comes from one of my mentors, who encourages me to stay focused on my work and what I am doing for our learners. Whenever I am growing frustrated with legislative mandates or requirements that don’t seem to make a lot of sense, he reminds me to stay centered on our school.

Note: This post is one in a series about key leadership lessons I have learned from my mentors. As I took time over the holidays to reflect on my work, the key relationships I have built and those who have made time to help me in my leadership journey were central to so much of what I do as a principal. My goal in publishing these lessons is to share my own reflections, celebrate my mentors (who will remain anonymous), and to encourage readers to thank their own mentors, or find new people to help them in their own professional journey. By no means am I a finished product, to those who mentor me, I thank you and ask that you continue to help me grow.

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