Within in a few months my dream will come true. I will have published my first book. This book is the product of three plus years of effort, including settling on a topic (becoming the new boss, a book for new leaders to experience sustained success), identifying a target audience (new leaders, primarily on the front-end of their leadership journey), doing lots and lots of writing, testing my content online through regular leadership posts, finding an editor and publisher, and working through the complex publishing process (even the cover design can be a big, time-consuming and emotionally charged deal).
Without question, this is an exhilarating feeling. Not only am I proud of what I have achieved, but I am super excited to know that very soon I will be able to share my ideas and experiences with so many others.
I often reflect on how I got here and how difficult it may have been had I tried to achieve this goal as a full time head of school (my previous position). Leaving aside the fact that my experiences in that position provided much of the fodder for my text (something that I likely could not have shared freely while under contract), I think that the rigors of full time employment would have made such an undertaking daunting, to say the least. Without having real control over my time and with the many demands of school leadership, how could I have possibly seen this process through? The likely answer is that I wouldn’t have. And I suspect that many leaders with great content, ideas, anecdotes, experiences and achievements feel similarly.