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Mark A Buteyn
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Mark A Buteyn
Name: Mark A Buteyn
Title: Head of School
Organisation: Central Wisconsin Christian Sc
I have served at Central Wisconsin Christian my entire career. I taught in the HS classroom for 27 years and am entering my 15th year in school administration.
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
The most challenging aspect of leadership is forming a team that is committed to surrendering their own interests to the implementation of the team vision. Complete surrender and emptying of oneself is needed for a team of leaders to focus on the mission of the organization.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I was on the search team for the Head of School. I had agreed to pray daily about what my role might become. Within two months I knew that I would have a role in leadership and three months later, my school Board came to me and told me that I was the person for whom they were searching.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
My day usually begins early with coffee, devotional reading, and prayer. Quiet time and surrendering my will is necessary for the Spirit to fill me and take control of the day. Following that time is a planning time of the meetings of the day or often writing the tasks that must happen in the next 12 hours. I always make sure that I leave time for flexible interaction with my leadership team and staff. I close the time in quiet time and prayer.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
I don't know if this is faith based or not.
Pray for God to move before you. My entire leadership focus is on surrender and prayer for God to move in front of my action to till the soil so that plants can grow and a harvest can be realized. One will not know what that means unless they are grounded in the Sovereign God.
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
The Peace Index by Kubicek
It contains great help in identifying the beauty of what is going right in life and bumps in life that may need to be revealed.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
Sorry. 3 Things.
1. Be transparent. Hiding anything is a recipe for pain.
2. Integrity. Be the same person to everyone. Let your yes be yes.
3. Surrender to a higher power - Jesus Christ. "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength." Philippians.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
COVID convinced me that we need to make the best decisions with the current information at the time. Leaders are not called to make popular decisions but right decisions in the moment. Second, do not rush to make tough decisions. It is better to respond slowly and give certainty instead of backtracking on hasty decisions.