A new year is upon us. I always see the fall as a sprint — an intense burst packed with jobs to accomplish between the start of school and winter break. Winter and spring are more of a marathon, requiring a sustained commitment to do our work and achieve our goals before the academic year ends and summer is upon us.
As the longer stretch begins, I encourage you to consider something I consistently hear from school leaders as I travel the country. Over the last 10 years, heads of schools, boards of trustees and other leaders have truly come to value the work of business officers and business operations staff. They see the correlation between sound business functions, including financial operations, human resources compliance and facilities management, and the school’s ability to fulfill its mission and provide value to its students and families.
However, perhaps we have done our jobs too well. Because the trait that these leaders are now looking for in their business officers is leadership: a partner who will help them lead the school during increasingly challenging and complex times. Here are some helpful reminders of what makes a good leader. If you’re like me, you’ll find some of these qualities easier to demonstrate than others.
As we start the new year, I hope this list serves as a helpful reminder for you to professionally take stock not only of what is on your to-do list, but also of how you can be the leader your school needs you to be. Happy 2019!
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