A key phrase for our Studer Education team is “Connect to Purpose.” We mean, remember why we are here. Connect to the reason we work hard, every day, to make education a better place for students, families, employees, educators, and leaders. It’s important that all leaders connect to their purpose, especially when our challenges seem insurmountable.
Why do we do what we do? We all have children, nieces and nephews, cousins, friends, etc. that are currently in school as a student, teacher or leader. Each day, we work for them, and for all the other students walking into the classroom each day. Each and every student deserves an education that expands their opportunities, and we are committed to making that possible.
“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.” – Steve Jobs
“Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion towards men and towards objective things.” – Albert Einstein
Connecting to Purpose Makes us Better Leaders
Both Einstein and Jobs had a clear sense of purpose that made a great impact. Purpose is what separates leaders from managers. Connecting to our purpose is what makes us better leaders. It engages us with ourselves and with our colleagues and the greater community. When there is a shared mission or something big that truly inspires others, it can be contagious. It will build engagement, pushing people to go the extra mile when their heart and mind is engaged.
Purpose makes us resilient and courageous. It energizes us to take risks and move beyond our fears. When you connect to purpose, you are called to growth. Having a bigger purpose is what propels us to step outside of our comfort zones in order to make an impact.
What’s the purpose for your leadership? Connect to your purpose, every day, to be the most passionate and effective leader you can be.