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Executive Director Blog Series No. 3: Academy Center of the Arts

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“Sustainable leadership isn’t about having full control of your organization. There is strength and utility in strategically letting go.” 

In my first post, I mentioned that my sabbatical was not a vacation. An effective sabbatical at its core has goals that are primarily focused on the institution and not the individual. It is not that the executive’s well-being isn’t a consideration, but their well-being ties back to the organization’s health. So, I am not deciding on the goals of my sabbatical. Instead, the organization is. 

We hired Ryan Ripperton, a consultant out of Richmond to lead this process. The process started as a reworking of our organizational chart, intending to help us create a healthier workflow. 

Simply, the Academy’s goals with my executive sabbatical are the following: 


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