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.
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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.
Investing time helping board members get to know each other, learn their roles and define common expectations will pay dividends in the long term, writes a managing director at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
Monica, a 2015 graduate of the ZOE in Kenya, has her own tailoring business that now employes four orphans from her community. Photos courtesy of ZOE.
A U.S. Christian relief organization changed its approach from charity to a sustainable effort to lift poor children out of poverty.
The food -- and the system -- have improved since Greenpoint Reformed Church took a break and revamped its hunger ministry. Photo courtesy of Greenpoint Reformed Church
Closing the food pantry and meal program for two months allowed staff and volunteers at Greenpoint Reformed Church to reorganize and professionalize its hunger ministry.
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