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LEADERSHIP

Finding Your Potential
Everyone has
potential for
greatness-you
just have to
step forward

This article originally appeared in the October 2017 School Business Affairs magazine and is reprinted with permission of the Association of School Business Officials
International (ASBO). The text herein does not necessarily represent the views or
policies of ASBO International, and use of this imprint does not imply any endorsement or recognition by ASBO International and its officers or affiliates.

By Patricia Hubbard, MBA, SFO

I

became a school district business manager when I was 23 years old-fresh
out of my master's program and ready to take on the world.
My background was in business, which included an MBA, but none of that
schooling prepared me for life in a school district. I was not only struggling
to learn everything about school business, I was also learning how to lead others.
The first few years were overwhelming. To earn credibility and respect within
the district, I had to prove myself as a competent leader. Handling logistical
issues was no problem; when it came to working with individuals and teams,
I struggled.

Under Observation
Thankfully, my district had strong leaders from whom I could learn-often
simply by observing them "in action." For example, by watching a department
manager address a serious concern with a hostile staff member, I learned
that leaders:
* Must be able to lead in good times and in bad.
* Must go into every challenging situation with a possible solution.
Leaders will be tested, and those are the times that strengthen leadership skills.
Our district leaders encouraged community members to share their
opinions and ideas-and they did! Consequently, district administrators
must listen to the public's concerns day after day. They do so patiently,
without interrupting or jumping at the first chance to object or explain. By
observing my colleagues, I learned that leaders:
* Listen intently, without interrupting.
* Use what they hear to improve themselves and those around them.
When I presented the district budget to school board members, I invited
their questions and concerns. When I spoke with community members,
I asked for-and listened to-their opinions so that I could improve my
leadership direction.
A true leader invites feedback and uses it to improve. Listening to feedback
is like getting a performance appraisal-it highlights areas where you can
improve.

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Leadership Potential
Stephen R. Covey talked about everyday greatness. I do believe there is greatness in everyone; it may simply come in different forms. Rather than focus just
on a term such as leadership, we could focus on the greatness of each individual.
Everyone has the potential for greatness, but not everyone is brave enough
to step forward. I took a chance, watched those in the district whom I admired
as leaders, and identified skills that I could adopt and customize to develop a
leadership style of my own.
Your potential for greatness awaits!
■
Patricia Hubbard, MBA, SFO, a former chief financial officer for the Billings Public
Schools in Billings, Montana, is an adjunct professor at Montana State University-
Billings. Email: patriciarhubbard@gmail.com
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MASBO News - 2018

MASBO 2017–2018 Executive
2017–2018 Committees
Message from the Minister
Message from the MASBO President
Message from the Executive Director
Honourary/Life Members
MASBO Annual Convention: New Generational Leadership
Member Profile: Al Leiman, Secretary-Treasurer, Interlake School Division
MASBO Says Farewell
Creating an Environment for Change: A Whole School Approach
Reinventing the School Bus Tender Process
The Working Mind & Mental Health First Aid
Amber Trails Community School
New Captain of the Ship? Tips for a Steady Course
Leadership: Finding Your Potential
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
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MASBO News - 2018 - Message from the MASBO President
MASBO News - 2018 - Message from the Executive Director
MASBO News - 2018 - Honourary/Life Members
MASBO News - 2018 - MASBO Annual Convention: New Generational Leadership
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MASBO News - 2018 - Member Profile: Al Leiman, Secretary-Treasurer, Interlake School Division
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MASBO News - 2018 - MASBO Says Farewell
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MASBO News - 2018 - Creating an Environment for Change: A Whole School Approach
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MASBO News - 2018 - Reinventing the School Bus Tender Process
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MASBO News - 2018 - The Working Mind & Mental Health First Aid
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MASBO News - 2018 - Amber Trails Community School
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MASBO News - 2018 - New Captain of the Ship? Tips for a Steady Course
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MASBO News - 2018 - Leadership: Finding Your Potential
MASBO News - 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
MASBO News - 2018 - Index to Advertisers
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