Leadership Montana Classroom Reflection: Stephen Schreibeis, Glendive, Class of 2021 and Masters 2022
Flagship Session: Molly Davidson
March 31, 2022
Indigenous Immersion Initiative: John Morrison
March 31, 2022


Stephen Schreibeis, Glendive, Class of 2021 and Masters 2022


Session 2 

Stephen Schreibeis, Glendive, Class of 2021 and Masters 2022

One of my favorite sayings my whole life has been, “Our greatest challenge is our greatest opportunity to grow.” If you are like me, the last two years have been some of the toughest years to lead through. I have never in my life had to lean on these words as much as I have this past couple of years. As difficult as everything has been, I have learned a couple of things.

First, it is so important to lean into our challenges. Growth only comes from actively and intentionally showing up and being consistent. It is through this intentionality and consistency that we not only grow, but we put ourselves in the best position to be successful. What are you doing to be intentional about your growth?

Second, every bad situation has something good surrounding it. We need to intentionally look for that “silver lining.” When mining for gold, it produces about 3-8 grams of gold for every metric ton of earth processed. There is always good in every situation, sometimes we just have to look for it and sometimes, it takes a while to find it. Are you looking for the positives in what is going on in your life?

And finally, it is so important to have the right people around you helping, encouraging, and supporting you. We all need people to lean on in our tough times. We also need them to celebrate with us in our good times as well. Without people that we can trust to encourage us, challenge us, and celebrate with us, we will never reach our full potential. Do you have like-minded people that will be your champion?

This year, I have been blessed to be a part of the Master’s Program. I just graduated from Leadership Montana in 2021, but knew that I needed to keep going in my growth journey. I wasn’t sure exactly what it was going to be like, but I am very grateful that I decided to participate. The personal growth opportunities are tremendous. Being able to dive into who I perceive myself to be as a leader and comparing that with what the people around me perceive me to be as a leader has truly been invaluable. But the best part of it has been being around like-minded people that want nothing but the best for you and everyone else in the class. It is programs like this that are truly special. If you have the opportunity to join the Master’s Class, I highly recommend it!

No matter what you are dealing with in your personal or professional life, I challenge everyone who is reading this to lean in, mine for the gold around you, and surround yourself with like-minded people that will help you turn any challenge into the greatest growth you have ever had in your life.