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Two Important Conversations in the Time of COVID

Join this Illinois ASBO Leadership Center series to learn from an expert in training highly effective teams as well as from the experiences of your peers as you explore how to lead through the constant changes you are facing. This series features two online events on February 18 and March 11.


Strong leaders tend to be driven by getting results. That drive can result in many office hours; however, to be an effective leader, learning how to maintain balance is key. As we enter into the second 30 day extension of the COVID 19 shelter in place order, I believe the best way to be a good leader is to prioritize self-care. One of the ways I do this is by running. Running ...
My mother recently lost her battle with cancer. She is  the leader I aspire to be. Here is my letter to her. Dear Momma, Thank you for making me into the man that I am.  You are my mother, but we always relied on each other.  You have always been my number one supporter and most resilient person I know. Your first language was Spanish, and you became fluent in English ...

Our Mission

The Illinois ASBO Leadership Institute originated from the leadership passion of Michael Jacoby, Ed.D., SFO, CAE, Illinois ASBO Executive Director/CEO. The mission behind the program is leadership through the development of others. This goal has built the foundation for our Leadership Center offerings that range from the Institute, in-person trainings, academies, online learning and our new Leadership Conference.

Our facilitator team comes from diverse backgrounds with years of experience and training in these tried and true leadership methods. This team is here to help you grow as an individual, but ultimately change the lives of those you work with by building better and more efficient teams.

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The Illinois ASBO Leadership Center is built on one simple foundation –

While some people may have more charisma, referent or positional power, it does not mean they are a good leader. The greatest leaders are those who have taken the time to learn how to lead well. Reading, experimenting, engaging with others, assessing behaviors and impact, charting a course for improvement and creating meaningful accountability circles are the values and behaviors of successful leaders. Here at Illinois ASBO our goal is to create opportunities for our members, both school district and Service Associate, to learn and improve on all of these behaviors of great leadership. If it is as John Maxwell says, “Leadership is influence,” then together let’s make a positive influence on your world!

- Michael A. Jacoby, Ed.D., SFO, CAE
Executive Director/CEO
Illinois ASBO