Matt McBurnie Leadership LevelUp Podcast Episode 13

“If they’re inviting me, I’m showing up.”

While his journey to leadership was often unexpected, Matt shares that it was a “natural progression for where I am.”

Relationships are everything.

“If they’re inviting me, I’m showing up.”

During the conversation with Jeff Williamson and Brian Prairie, Matt McBurnie shares how local leaders in the community took him under their wing and took the time to invest in him and invest in his growth. He carries that with him as he strives to show up, lean in, and stand with others. Reminding us all that we truly are “in this together.”

Through his story and Jeff’s personal experience and passion for fundraising, we are introduced to what is coined “Friendraising” and how it makes all the difference in every aspect of leadership – not just in monetary giving.

Iron sharpens iron.

We act like there is nothing else to us as human beings besides our opinions

Matt shares how his leadership is affected by how he wants to communicate to people and speak to their beliefs, even when we are wired differently. Tough conversations are not the end all be all. And how we can still stand together and succeed together even when our opinions differ. And more-so, taking the time to step back and listen a little closer and seeing what is more important big picture.

We have a different gift-mix.

Tune in to hear more about Matt McBurnie’s leadership journey, how he continues to grow as a leader, the leaders he looks up to, and the skills he has developed along the unexpected way.

Meet Your Guest

Matt McBurnie

Matt McBurnie is the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, Illinois. Over the years he has served his community through Olivet Nazarene University and College Church of the Nazarene, the United Way of Kankakee County [Executive Director], and his initial role at Riverside as the Executive Director of the Foundation.

About the Leadership LevelUp Podcast

Being a boss and a leader are very different. A boss tells you what to do and a leader partners with you in the process. Jeff, being a leader of leaders, has a vast knowledge of best practices and exercises to discover leadership traits. Brian shares stories with Jeff about the ups and downs of his leadership quest while talking to business and community leaders to discuss their personal leadership journey. Who influenced them? What do they do when they have a bad day? What gives them inspiration? Do french fries or tacos or ice cream make them feel better after a bad day? Through laughter and casual conversation, Brian and Jeff explore all aspects of good leadership.

Meet Your Hosts

Jeff Williamson

Brian Prairie

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