PMP:03 Purpose-Driven Leadership

In this podcast episode, I share some helpful research on how business strategy is more profitable when you understand the meaning in your product.
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How does this relate to education? And how can school leaders benefit when you take a closer look at your own motivations?
This audio post was originally based on my blog post Purpose Motivated Leadership.
Here are show-notes for Episode 3:

  • I reference an EntreLeadership Podcast interview of Lisa Earle McLeod discussing her book Selling With Noble Purpose (please note this is from Chris Locurto’s podcast, not John Lee Dumas’ podcast as I mis-referenced in this episode).
  • The premise of the conversation was that in corporations, the sales reps who make up the top 2% of highest achievers share a surprising similarity: without exception, each one was motivated more by purpose than profit.
  • I tell the story of a struggling student and how I sent her Chicken Soup for the Teenager’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul.
  • When we walk through our day remembering that our purpose is more than test scores or “putting out fires”–when we discover the joy of supporting our team members or helping students discover the wonder of learning, then we tap into a purpose that we can clutch to our chests.

In all the do’s and don’ts of school leadership, don’t forget the higher purpose of being called to serve. Our profit margins may not be the same as a corporate sales rep. But the benefits we receive from watching students succeed is something money can’t buy.

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School leaders are very busy, so each of the twenty-four chapters is designed as a quick-read and followed with take-action questions for follow-up or reflection. If you want practical ideas on understanding your purpose, managing school teams, dealing with challenges, and leading with courage, action, motivation, and teamwork, go HERE to pick up a copy for you or your team.

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