Finding the inspiration for leadership can found in the most random of places. Of course, there are many classic books and reputable experts available for resources on leadership. School Administrators have access to an infinite volume of books helping us to sharpen our leadership craft. I have read and studied many of them. There are many books which have traversed this marrow of leaders struggling to inspire a team or organization to change. I have read many of these books to find that answer to securing a joyful buy-in from the members of an organization. Many of these books provide solid insight and steps to framing change. None has provided that all-inconclusive magic answer in my very humble opinion.
Sometimes I hit a leadership malaise and I yearn to find inspiration for being a better leader within the random places. Who would think that an album celebrating its 50th Anniversary would serve as a catalyst for courageous action as a leader?
When I first heard “Pet Sounds" by The Beach Boys, I was expecting my life to change. It did not. There was much hype surrounding this album back in 1990 when it was first released on Compact Disc. Paul McCartney had stated that this album moved him to tears and served as a direct inspiration for The Beatles to create their magnum opus, “Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band.” I was captivated by the fact that an album by The Beach Boys could move The Beatles. Surf Music serves as the baptism for a bar band from Liverpool? I was ready to step into that world.
I knew the hits off the "Pet Sounds" album: “Caroline, No,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Sloop John B” and “God Only Knows.” All of those songs had resonated with me in some way. Hearing the album upon first listen I was expecting similar musical baptism as I had with something like “Sgt. Pepper.” It took a few years for that album to marinade within my soul for me to finally understand and appreciate it.