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The Company You Keep

March 5, 2013 by Kerri L. Briggs

This post originally appeared on Education Week’s Rick Hess Straight Up blog.


As a brief introduction, I've held jobs in the federal government, a state government, a university, and various non-profits. In each of those positions, I've had the chance to learn from leaders who helped me develop my leadership capabilities. One key lesson I learned was that it is necessary to have support when making tough decisions. It is a lonely place to be out on a limb, all on your own. If you are alone in seeking a change, making a tough decision, or even just identifying a problem, the road ahead is going to be messy (at best) and possibly may end in total failure.


The lessons and advice of Cage-Busting Leadership resonate with me as I try to find a balance between identifying crucial allies and making tough decisions that don't always garner a lot of support.


At the end of the day, sometimes leaders are on their own when it comes to making the best decision they can for kids and schools - but sometimes they can have company. The right company creates the best solutions for kids and schools.


Read the full article here.

This post was written by Dr. Kerri L. Briggs, Director of Education Reform