The Leading Edge: Resilience - a message from Chantel Schieffer
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April 28, 2020
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July 31, 2020


Message from president/CEO Chantel Schieffer

I had a number of conversations with organizational leaders this month and one word keeps coming up: resilience.

This definition rings true for me…”the ability to bounce back when you’ve been knocked off track.”

This of course calls to mind Leadership Montana and our unique culture that encompasses what we as LMT alumni have been called to do and have learned in our programming together. Here are some reminders.

  1. We strive for excellence, not perfection. There is no such thing as perfect; excellence is our standard and our goal. Resilient leaders celebrate the excellent, not the perfect.
  2. Failure is necessary for learning. When something doesn’t go the way we plan, always consider what you’ve learned in the end. Resilient leaders celebrate the failure and the lessons.
  3. Collaboration is critical. None of us walk in this work alone. Resilient leaders know that asking for help is a strength, not a weakness.

For many of us, the time is here for us to get back on track – and that may change every day, week, month. We are navigating considerable uncertainty right now, but there is one thing I am certain of…we all have the skills through our LMT experiences to lead our organizations and communities with gracious, decisive leadership.

Through all of this and beyond, we are here to help. How can we help you?

My very best,

Chantel M. Schieffer
President & CEO
Class of 2010, Masters 2019

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