In Munich, the author witnessed a daredevil slackliner performing above surfers riding a tricky wave in a downtown park. This inspired her to wonder, How could they each focus while also making room for the other?
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Poet David Whyte teaches “conversational leadership” as a framework that helps organizations bring soul back into the workplace and more effectively navigate change, writes a Presbyterian pastor.
Clarifying mission is just the first step. Leaders must then align strategies with the desired impact, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
Leaders and their staffs need a diverse array of conversation partners to navigate institutional leadership today. Start by introducing your colleagues to your cellphone contacts and Facebook friends, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
Harriet Ziegenhals was an organist, singer, pianist, composer, arranger, teacher and the founder-director of the Community Renewal Chorus, part of a faith-based Chicago mission agency that advocates for social and economic justice. Photo courtesy of Gretchen Ziegenhals
Years of watching her mother direct a chorus taught the author that leading a diverse community requires radical acceptance of all people, careful listening and a clear vision.
Congregations and institutions must name a vision and choose priorities that support it. Otherwise, they risk muddying their missions, weakening their impact, and confusing stakeholders, funders, and staff, writes a managing director at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
Preparing colleagues to do an organization’s future work, while also making a meaningful contribution in the present, is the job of a supervisor, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
Leaders often find themselves targets of critique from those in the “cheap seats.” The best response is to show the kind of love that beckons the critics to self-examination, confession and repentance, writes a managing director at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
Effective leaders help givers avoid burnout and create institutional cultures where seeking help is the norm, writes the managing director of grants at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
For the greatest impact, leaders must identify their greatest gifts and apply them to an institution’s most pressing challenges, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
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