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Leaders Don’t Always Need To Be Fixers

Pearls of Wisdom
By Abenaa Uttenthal
Leaders Don’t Always Need To Be Fixers

For over 30 years international school leaders, teachers, and counselors have come together for PTC professional learning experiences. Each day of every program begins with a “pearl of wisdom,” a “'nugget of knowledge,” or a “gem of inspiration” from one of the participants. We are delighted to offer our readers around the world these powerful stories, insights, and strategies, all dedicated to our shared mission of ever more and better learning for our children.  

In this Pearl, Abenaa shares a leadership lesson she learned from a personal experience. She says that “as leaders, we don’t always have to be the fix its. We don’t always have to step in and organize everything, solve all the problems, put out all the fires. We don’t have to do that. Actually, that's not what people even need from us. What we need to do is create space for other people to step in and rise to the occasion.”

Professional positions cited were the ones held at the time of recording. The positions and schools of those quoted may have since changed.

Abenaa Uttenthal is a middle school Principal and International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program Coordinator.

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11/23/2023 - Derek Harwell
This was great to see live in Rome and I am glad to review it here. Thanks Abenaa for sharing your wisdom
11/22/2023 - Frank
Hello Abena, Well done for sharing this inspiring message.



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