When you promise things like that- it provides purpose. When a superintendent shakes your hand and says, "I promise not to let you fail." It brings expectations up in your heart.
When you tell students that they are the most important things in the universe- you better discipline, teach, and invest in them with love, love, love.
Whatever it takes.
You will grow under my care at all cost.
You will develop skills and competencies to succeed as you get older.
Heart and mind, character and academics.
It is the actions that follow your promises that show integrity.
I'm surrounded by students who show my heart and actions were aligned and THEY demonstrate what loving leadership can do.