Superintendents and Parking Lots: A Podcast Episode with a Twist

Navigating the Leadership Journey: Insights from Dr. Scott Goselin

As the host of the Leadership LevelUp podcast, I’ve had the privilege of engaging with some of the most inspiring and insightful leaders in various fields. In one of our recent episodes, I sat down with Dr. Scott Goselin, the superintendent of Bradley School District 61, to delve into his leadership journey, the profound impact of mentorship, and the essence of authentic leadership. I’m excited to share the key takeaways from our conversation in this blog post.

The Formative Years: Building a Foundation for Leadership

Dr. Goselin’s story is a testament to the power of early influences in shaping a leader’s path. During our discussion, he reflected on his upbringing and the pivotal moments that steered him towards leadership. His parents were pillars of support, encouraging his academic and athletic endeavors, while his coaches instilled in him the values of hard work and dedication.

These figures were more than just role models; they were mentors who left an indelible mark on Dr. Goselin’s life. Their guidance was not merely about achieving success but about fostering character and integrity. This foundation laid the groundwork for Dr. Goselin’s progression from a passionate teacher to a visionary administrator.

The Value of Mentorship in Professional Growth

Dr. Goselin emphasized the significance of mentorship in his career, particularly highlighting a mentor assigned to him during his early teaching years. This relationship blossomed into a lasting friendship that played a crucial role in his decision to pursue administration. It’s clear that supportive relationships and mentorship are not just beneficial but essential for professional growth and success.

Leadership: More Than Just Success

Our conversation took a deeper dive into what it means to be a leader. For Dr. Goselin, leadership is not about titles or accolades; it’s about building trust, fostering meaningful relationships, and making a positive influence. He shared his experiences as a coach, where the fulfillment came not from victories but from nurturing connections with students. This perspective is a powerful reminder that genuine mentorship and leading by example are what truly leave a lasting impact.

Authenticity in Leadership

A highlight of our discussion was the importance of authenticity in leadership. Dr. Goselin’s approach to his role as superintendent is a perfect illustration of this. He’s known for his hands-on involvement, whether it’s helping buses navigate the parking lot or stepping in as a custodian during challenging times like the COVID-19 pandemic. His actions demonstrate that leadership is not about conforming to a specific mold but about being true to oneself and leading with heart.

Preparing for the Next Chapter

As Dr. Goselin approaches the end of his tenure as superintendent, he shared his thoughts on transitioning and the concept of being “repurposed” rather than retiring. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, he’s considering various avenues, including continuing in a leadership role or consulting. His commitment to education and leadership remains unwavering, and it’s inspiring to see a leader who is always looking forward to the next opportunity to make a difference.

The Role of Culture and Adaptability in Leadership

Dr. Goselin and I also discussed the importance of culture in an organization and the need for leaders to adapt their approach to fit the team’s evolving dynamics. He likened this to adjusting a sports team’s strategy to best utilize the players’ talents. This adaptability is a hallmark of effective leadership, as it shows respect for individuality and fosters a culture of trust.

Empowering the Next Generation

Lastly, we touched on the joy of empowering others, especially those early in their careers. Dr. Goselin and I share a passion for mentoring and providing opportunities for young professionals to have a voice and a seat at the table. This empowerment is a core aspect of leadership that both of us cherish deeply.


My conversation with Dr. Scott Goselin was a profound reminder of the multifaceted nature of leadership. From the influence of mentors to the power of authenticity and adaptability, our dialogue uncovered the essence of what it means to lead with purpose. As Dr. Goselin prepares for his next chapter, his story serves as an inspiration for all leaders to reflect on their journey and the impact they wish to leave behind.

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Meet Your Guest

Dr. Scott Goselin

Dr. Scott Goselin is in his nineteenth year as superintendent of Bradley School District 61. He has been an administrator in the Bradley School District for the past twenty-eight years. Before coming to Bradley, he taught for five years in the Reed-Custer School District.

He is a graduate of Bradley-Bourbonnais High School, Olivet Nazarene University, Governor’s State University, Lewis University and received a doctorate degree from National Louis University in 2008.

He has served in numerous community leadership roles: Kankakee-Iroquois United Way, Kankakee Chamber of Commerce, Bradley-Bourbonnais Rotary Club, Bradley-Bourbonnais High School Academic Foundation, Educators of Illinois League, Knights of Columbus, Kankakee NAACP, Illinois Association of School Administrators Board of Directors, and Maternity BVM Church Council.

He was most recently awarded the 2017 Three Rivers Region “Superintendent of Distinction” by the Illinois Association of School Administrators.

Dr. Goselin is married to his wife (Sue) and have two daughters (Claire and Lily). He enjoys all types of sports and spending time with my family.

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