Leading Forward in Uncertain Times

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Leading Forward in Uncertain Times
Insights from a Nobel Peace Prize Winner


By Todd Drafall

Asst. Supt./Business
Downers Grove SD 58

As school business officials, we are called to be both leaders and subject matter experts. To help us in the leadership aspect of our role, we can tap great leaders of the past for insights and inspiration.

Dr. Henry Kissinger was a graduate and professor from Harvard who went on to be the National Security Advisor, Secretary of State and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. He led the way during a pivotal time in history and became one of the most influential people in the world. What does this have to do with school management? We too are experts in our field, crisis managers, diplomats, negotiators and hopefully, key leaders within our organizations. Though on a smaller stage than Dr. Kissinger, all the attributes he talked about and exhibited are needed in our positions as well, especially in uncertain times like these.

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