Mentoring for New Leaders

Learning to Lead: Why Mentoring Never Gets Old

Learning to Lead:  Why Mentoring Never Gets Old

Mary Beth Kinkead

The only sound in the room was the tearing of gift-wrap beneath my hands.  I was being celebrated for completing my administrative licensure program and securing a position as an assistant principal in a nearby town.

Despite my leadership training, I still felt I was headed for unfamiliar territory.  I had identified all my adult life as a teacher, not an administrator, yet there it was amidst the gift-wrap: a mahogany and brass name plate for my new desk.  My colleagues’ applause turned to uproarious laughter as I retrieved the next gift item, a bottle of Advil...empty, and symbolic of my supervising principal’s need for its contents over the course of the past school year.  But their laughter rang ominously in my ears; what was I getting myself into?  Mercifully, the final item buoyed me: rose tinted sunglasses.

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