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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?
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.
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.
Kris Jenkins cuts down the net after the NCAA championship game. Photo courtesy of Villanova University
Was Villanova’s Kris Jenkins lucky in hitting the winning shot in the NCAA men’s basketball championship game? Or was that moment the culmination of years of practice, study and teamwork?
Building a thriving team ministry is difficult, but ruining one is easy, says a Lutheran pastor. Follow these five simple steps, and any team ministry is certain to implode.
Many leaders think they don’t have the time to help others understand their work within the larger mission of an organization. But they do, and they should, writes a managing director at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
Traditional professional kitchens are organized with each cook focusing on a specific role and the head chef responsible for the big picture. But a young chef describes another model, one that encourages cooks to understand how all the components come together.
A high wire walker performs at the UniverSoul Circus April 30, 2005, in the Jamaica neighborhood of New York City.
Given the nature of human beings and institutions, at some point relationships become unsteady. And repairing trust can be a challenge for leaders, writes a managing director at Leadership Education.
Trapeze performances are a good metaphor for leadership, as so much of the work is inviting people to let go of what they know and to risk uncertainty, in the belief that something good is waiting for them.