When I told family and friends that I was moving to Central Australia they thought that I was joking. You? Really? The Outback? I also heard from friends and strangers alike that if I hate it, I could just come home. Or if schools here are bad, I can just home school. Lots of advice about what I can “just do” but few questions about what I thought, my why, feelings or expectations. Ultimately, it was just a lot of projecting their expectations, ideas and vision onto me. Hummm. Got me thinking about leadership and the power of a fresh perspective.
Why did I decide to move all the way from DC Metro to a town called Alice? I don’t think I knew half of what I’d learn before my move (and I’m still learning!) but here’s the short list of what I discovered about myself and about leadership: