Chapter 1Leading in a Mission-Driven Context

It was June 17, 2003, 12:30 pm. I had no choice. I pulled my car over on a residential Houston street, threw down the driver's seat, and curled up for a catnap. In approximately sixty minutes, I'd be training fifty veteran educators on how to support rookie teachers over the summer. But right then, I needed to sleep. My backseat was packed to the brim with training materials and supplies hastily thrown into boxes. The address and directions for the training were scrawled on the back of an envelope. Oh, and did I mention I had another session scheduled for the very next day that I had not yet planned?

Now how did I get in this precarious predicament, you may ask? A dreadful combination of a new job, ...

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