“Let me show you how we did it”

4 Apr

The other day, I had the privilege of facilitating a conversation about inclusion as everyone’s work in a school. This particular community is experiencing a transition in staffing that involves several leaders of the inclusion work to date leaving at the end of the year. Throughout the conversation, colleagues touched on this change, noting their own sense of loss and concern as they looked to next year.

At the end of the meeting (which generated lots of concrete recommendations, requests and personal action items), I asked for any final thoughts, and one of the employees who is leaving stood up to speak.

She offered to show her colleagues just how she and others led the work of inclusion. I’ll do my best to quote her here:

We asked: why shouldn’t it be us?

We rolled up our sleeves.

And we got to work.

It was one of those moments that I’m so grateful to get to be part of, doing this work: learning from a colleague and witnessing the power of intentional leadership.

She nailed it: why shouldn’t it be us? Me? Once we’ve asked that question, there’s not much else to do but get started.

** Many thanks to this colleague for her voice, leadership and inspiration.

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