The new CEO of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi, in his farewell letter to Expedia, where he had served for twelve years, allowed that “I have to tell you I am scared.” With this acknowledgement, he may well be paving the way for success at Uber.
Learning here at LTS demands – and, in turn, fosters – the courage to be vulnerable, the sometimes unnatural capacity to avoid pretending to be perfect and instead to ask for help. To work collaboratively in the classroom and to build a community requires each of us to risk forming connections with others which may not always take.
So much of what we do here at LTS inside and outside our classrooms is about cultivating the determination to grow with each person in our orbit, for everyone is both a teacher and a student. For example, interscholastic sports (and let’s cheer on our Mountain Lions in Friday’s soccer doubleheader!) and the arts decidedly start with investing your whole self – as you are – in the enterprise. As social scientist Brené Brown observes in Rising Strong, “[v]ulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.”
Thank you for trusting us to nurture the courage and beauty which is vulnerability.
/s/ Seth Linfield
Interim Head of School