As educators, we want to inspire our students. Inspiration is derived from the Latin inspiratus meaning “to breathe into.” When we inspire our students, when our students have a vision for their future, we are breathing life into their hopes, aspirations, and dreams.
I recently attended a conference with Stephen Covey. During his presentation, Covey said, “Inspiring others is the new competitive advantage. Leaders who inspire others will create greater productivity.”
Inspiration is deeper than engagement. When we engage, we share ideas. We listen and respond. When we inspire others, not only do we hear them, but we breathe life into their vision. Our trust in them, our belief, inspires them to reach higher. In Dublin, inspiring students to exceed their expectations will give all our students this new competitive advantage.