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Messianic arrogance

Am I any different than your friend or relative that insists on witnessing to you every time you see each other? Am I any different than the Hare Krishnas at the airport or the Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses who knock at your front door?

Seriously, am I? Let’s look at the evidence:

  1. Deeply-held belief in the true cause (in my case, I believe that schools need to transition into the digital, global age NOW and that leaders are the essential lever to make it happen).
  2. Deeply-held belief that I, rather than others, know what’s best.
  3. Deeply-held belief that others should be listening to me.
  4. Deeply-held belief that others should be acting upon what I say, preferably sooner rather than later.
  5. Deeply-held belief (and sometime-snarky comments) that I will be proved right in the end and that those that delay will wish that they had listened to me when they had the chance.
  6. Passionate, visionary leadership or self-righteous, messianic arrogance? I (we?) have some hard thinking to do…


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