Having a strategy to guide decisions about where and how to spend time and money creates transparency, builds trust and provides a framework for the desired result, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
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In a collaborative environment, teammates show and share their work and are valued for their expertise. iStock / Zinkevych
Leadership based on collaboration benefits everyone involved. And the work improves, too.
Some of the M4M, or Ministers for Manufacturing, leaders visit the shop class at a former flagship location in Chicago. Image courtesy of UMA
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His longtime friend Manuel “Manny” Ortiz showed the director of City Seminary of New York the importance of not just leadership but friendship for the future of the urban church.
In this photo from the cover of "God's Internationalists," children run around their school building in a Tanzanian World Vision Area Development Program.
In the first comprehensive study of the history of World Vision, the author of “God’s Internationalists” says that organizations should be ready to listen, change and come together as the world around them changes.
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In trustworthy institutions, expectations and processes are clear, and decision-making is transparent. iStock / H_Vector
Predictability and transparency help people know how to do their work and why decisions have been made. And they set the stage to create a sense of agency, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
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