Unlike NFL championships, defense does not win in innovative environments. It just does not. Over time, offense wins. Education is undergoing dramatic evolution via innovation, possibly even mutation, in the words of Shoshona Zuboff and Jim Maxmin, where mutation is an evolution well outside the conventional frame. Defense is not a strategy against mutation.Defensive strategies may work long enough for the leader to move to another job or retire, but they will not succeed for the organization in the long run.
Leaders who primarily ask what their organization is doing and how it can improve on that are largely playing defense. Leaders who are asking what their organization could be doing, and push their community into that discussion are playing offense. Over time, offense is going to win.