A couple of weeks ago I was privileged to serve as the closing speaker for the 2014 Millennium Leadership Initiative, a program sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for persons seeking senior level administrative positions. The program targets women and people of color. I completed MLI in 2002, and have always said it was the BEST professional development experience I have ever had.
I focused my remarks on "To Be... or to Do," the point being that people have to decide whether they want to be a president, or if they want to do the job. These are very different things and so many people struggle because they wanted to be and not do. So I tried to give the group some considerations when going through a presidential search process so they would be able to determine if the position is a good fit.
One of my closing points was for them to know that they have no control over whether or not they become a president. So they should find a job they really love doing and do it exceptionally well.