Byron's Babbles

Achieving Your Leadership Potential


Speaker Bosma & I after an Education Kitchen Cabinet Meeting

This week’s lesson from John Manning (2015) in The Disciplined Leader taught us that challenging ourselves in new leadership experiences and learning is very important to our personal growth. Amazingly, I just blogged about some professional growth opportunities I am providing that I hope stretches team members out of their comfort zones to help them in achieving their personal leadership potential. Click here to check out the post.

“From a professional standpoint, tackling something new has the power to build your capacity for success and is a great discipline worth pursuing.” ~ John M. Manning

I try to model this stretching at every opportunity. I remember my doubters telling me I was making a grave career error when I was excited to take on the leadership of a state takeover school that had failed for seven years in a row. Yes, it was an extreme challenge. Yes, it was some of the hardest work I’ve ever done. Yes, there were many days of failing. But, it was the most rewarding and significant thing I have ever done. But, seeing the school come off the “F” was one of the most exciting things ever. But, watching the team of people coming together to change a culture was breathtaking. Here is a case where the buts prevail. I would not go back and change a thing, except all the mistakes I made in the process, of course.

IMG_1643In actuality I followed Manning’s (2015) advice during this experience. I trusted in the power of my learning and viewed that learning as an opportunity to grow confidence. Most importantly, and I love the fact that Manning (2015) pointed this out, we made it fun. We built up what Manning (2015) called the “fun factor” every moment possible.

Another area that has been afforded me to take on responsibility in areas I want to develop is the opportunity to serve on the Indiana State Board of Education. It is an honor to serve as Speaker of the House Brian Bosma’s appointee. Being asked to serve the State of Indiana is certainly a responsibility I take very seriously and I view this commitment as something I want and need to do, not something I have to do. This opportunity gives me the chance to explore new horizons, create new relationships and pushes me out of my comfort zone. I truly want to learn new things.

I’ll close with a couple of questions to you: What do you want to learn that will push you out of your comfort zone? What experience should you take on that will give you the opportunity to explore new horizons?


Manning, J. (2015). The disciplined leader: 52 concise, powerful lessons. Oakland, CA: Barrett – Koehler Publishers, Inc.


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  1. […] time) a blog post each week on the lesson. I am doing the same thing right along with them. Click here to read my latest post. Some were a little uncomfortable at first, but we just had our monthly […]


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