Sometimes, I get email that's not exactly "spam", but it advertises a certain service for higher ed. This week, I received one email that seemed appropriate to share as a leadership inspiration. I'll leave out the sender's name and details. The email is slightly edited for clarity:
College presidents are made, not born, and there are many steps that higher education leaders must take to eventually ascend to the top. As president "you're the embodiment of a campus." As such, leaders should prepare themselves for the intensity of the position and ask themselves, and their spouses, if being a president is something they really want. "You need to be as good with the cafeteria staff as you are with fellow academics," and not every leader is cut out for this.
This is good advice for anyone looking upwards on their career ladder. Leaders are made, not born. As you prepare yourself to take that next step up, be mindful of what awaits you. As the email states, the higher you go in leadership, the more broad you need to be - if you want to be successful.