Identify the Vision

A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.

—ROSABETH MOSS KANTER, professor at Harvard Business School and chair of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative

Whenever people ask me about the best leaders I’ve ever personally worked with, Beth Napleton, executive director of the Chicago Collegiate Charter School, is always one of the first people who comes to mind. Beth and I both worked for Teach For America a few years back, and aside from her being highly competent and one of the most emotionally intelligent people I’ve ever met, when you work with Beth, you know where everyone is headed, you know how your work fits in, and ...

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