Dr. Victor Simon: Prerequisites for Leadership

Dr. Victor Simon shares his prerequisites for effective leadership.

By SchoolCEO Last Updated: July 20, 2021


Dr. Victor Simon shares his prerequisites for effective leadership. Dr. Simon currently serves as the superintendent of Illinois' Gower School District 62 as well as trains future superintendents through the University of Illinois Chicago and Concordia University.


Dr. Victor Simon’s own experience growing up in Chicago has driven his approach to leadership. Simon describes himself as “a difficult student,” and teachers usually didn’t take kindly to Simon’s behavior as a child. Simon recognizes that his life would be completely different if it weren’t for the two teachers that did value him.

Wanting to be the change for students that he saw in those two teachers led him to a career in education. Prior to becoming superintendent of Illinois’ Gower School District 62, Simon grew up in and spent his entire professional career in Chicago Public Schools.

In this episode, Simon shares how his personal experiences have informed his need for leadership to be an “or bust” mentality.

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