From the Director’s Desk ~ March 2012 ~ Exciting Days!

We are in exciting days at The Jack McDowell School for Leadership Development! 

The opportunities for leaders to move forward personally and professionally continue to be created.

In October, 2011, SLD launched its first Ministry Cohort with 19 officers and 9 staff.   The cohort worked through the Leader Breakthru material of Dr. Terry Walling as facilitated by Major David Lyle.  Table Coaches journeyed with their three or four delegates each for the four days on site,  then,  subsequently through the web.   Additionally, delegates have continued to journey with each other through our online learning environment. We invite you to see what members of this first Ministry Cohort  had to say about their experience in our Leader Corner.

A Ministry Cohort is committed to a three year cycle, including three annual 4-day residentials with facilitated discussions between each residential. The second Ministry Cohort will begin April 23-26, 2012 at Laguna Beach Christian Retreat Center at Panama City Beach, FL.  The cost is $500.00 for the four days, which covers meals, lodging, and all materials.  For more information regarding cohort module facts and how to register, please visit our Ministry Cohort page under Leader Training. Or feel free to contat Mrs. Pamela Bosworth, Leadership Development Coordinator (Pamela_Bosworth@uss.salvation.org). We look forward to your joining us!

God bless you as you allow Him to develop you for His Kingdom purposes!

From the Director’s Desk – September 2012

From the Director’s Desk:

This month the School for Leadership Development will focus attention on Emotional Maturity in Leadership.  Maturity is not just an important component.  It is a necessary element in our leadership.

There are many definitions of maturity but one that I heard verbalized in a classroom captured my attention and has given me much to think about since that time:  “maturity is the result of ongoing individuation and the ability to behave in appropriate ways at appropriate times.”  In other words, every individual becomes his or her own person, not given over to satisfying the whims of or denying the legitimate needs of other people, but cultivating the ability to do the right thing at the right time for others and self.

I have thought about that definition in relationship to Jesus.  Does it hold water?  Yes, I believe it does.  Jesus, though integrally a part of community, knew Who He was, and that security became the foundation for making behavioral choices appropriate with every person He encountered whether or not others understood Him.  Surely Jesus knew that accepting the dinner invitation of Simon the Leper would cause more than angst from the Jewish leaders.  Imagine the undercurrent of remarks when Jesus stopped by that tree that Zaccheus climbed to get a view of Jesus, calling to him to come down for conversation.  No respectable Jewish man would go through Samaria, much less talk to a (Samaritan) woman alone!  Some might have called Jesus a rebel in His own faith family.  I believe He walked in emotional and spiritual maturity, making His decisions based in truth about Who He was, Whom He belonged to and the best interest of those He encountered.

Conversely, Jesus knew when to pull back, even knowing that there were many who wanted to talk to Him, touch Him, be near Him, hear from Him, or just be with Him.  As a human being, His energy levels would have been depleted from constant interaction with people or from the need for the next meal or from His thirst needing to be satisfied.   Jesus’ maturity allowed Him to make decisions about when to be with the one, with the few or with the many.

Similarly, leaders must operate out of that kind of emotional maturity.  It is imperative that you know yourself and that you are secure in your knowledge and relationship to God first.  While I don’t endorse individualism as a way of life, I do believe we need to understand who we are as an individual in order to live and lead effectively in community.

Consider the links and articles that we are posting this month as further means to explore this important leadership topic.  Check out the recommended book for this month, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality.  Download the online resources that you can use with your Corps people or other groups you lead.

We are praying for emotionally healthy leaders in whom God can deposit His power for the work of the Kingdom in our day!

Grace and all good to you!!

From the Director’s Desk – October 2012

Emotional Intelligence

“IQ and technical skills are important, but emotional intelligence is the sine qua non of leadership”

Daniel Goleman

                In 1998 Harvard Business Review featured an article entitled “What Makes a Leader?”  Daniel Goleman, author of this article, has done significant work in the area of Emotional Intelligence. In fact, he coined that phrase which was also the title of his 1995 book by that same name.

If we were to ask you the same question, ‘what makes a leader?’ how would you respond? The answer to this question is important and worthy of our consideration.   Last month we looked at Peter Scazzaro’s Emotionally Healthy Spirituality and the negative consequences of not attending to emotional health, especially in the area of Christian leadership.  This month we want to explore the characteristics of emotional intelligence and the positive ways that it contributes to excellence in leadership.

As an overview and by way of introducing Goleman’s article, HBR wrote the following:

In his (Goleman’s) research at nearly 200 large, global companies, Goleman found that while the qualities traditionally associated with leadership—such as intelligence, toughness, determination and vision—are required for success, they are insufficient.  Truly effective leaders are also distinguished by a high degree of emotional intelligence, which includes self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skill. 

                These qualities may sound “soft” and unbusinesslike, but Goleman found direct ties between emotional intelligence and measurable business results. 

Leadership demands that we continue to work on emotional health.  There is no shortage of ways to compromise it or, in some cases, devastate it.  Not only are we up against the day to day barrage of encounters dealing with people’s difficult situations but we are up against an Enemy that wants our undoing!  Paying attention to our inner world of thought and feeling, holding both up to the scrutinizing light of Scripture and the healing embrace of Holy Spirit, will help us to keep our emotional balance for our personal and pubic arenas.

I would encourage you to download the article referenced in this introduction to our topic for this month at https://www.mercy.edu/faculty/Georgas/…/WhatMakesaLeader.pdf as well as look at the “What Makes a Leader?” Youtube interview atwww.youtube.com/watch?v=_z2Q56VwgPIAdditionally, please browse through this month’s articles related to this topic.  You will also find a downloadable leadership series for this month under the tab Leadership Training (online) entitled “Security or Sabotage:  How emotional insecurity prevents effective leadership.”  We trust this will be helpful for you to use with those you continue to develop in leadership. 

               God help each of us to grow more emotionally mature and expressive of His love and values as we labor together in leadership!

Grace and all good to you!!!

From the Directors Desk – November 2012

    Integrity

An undivided heart is another phrase for integrity.

The word disintegration often carries with it a negative connotation.  Something that should be holding together or held together is coming apart or eroding.  You might look in the attic in a very old box of material only to discover that disintegration has begun.  You might look at the workmanship in your home, once strong and sturdy, that is now beginning to disintegrate.  It happens over time.  Perfectly good materials begin to lose their properties and are no longer as useful, if useful at all, as they once were.

Values, morals, and character are other non-physical arenas where disintegration occurs.  In general there has been a slow erosion of civility, respect, extended courtesies and relationships over the past 20 years.  When that happens, society embraces and evidences the baser behaviors and attitudes of humanity.  Television is just one realm that bears this out.   Certain behaviors on television series that were taboo in the 50’s and 60’s are now expected in this decade.  After all, in the minds of many, it’s not entertainment unless one person tells another, without filter, what exactly is on his or her mind and it is definitely more “realistic” to project a bedroom scene in near entirety.   Now, I suppose that if this type of thinking is really embraced, then the outcomes are outcomes of integrity to this position.  But for the people of God there is no place for coarseness, rude behavior, lack of respect, or demeaning ways.

The opposite of disintegration is integration.  The Psalmist speaks to this when he prays:  “Teach me your way, O Lord, that I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name” (Ps 86:11).  An undivided heart is another phrase for integrity.  What I believe and value as a child of God is what I live out in my daily life.   I not only have good intentions but intentional means to act on them.  I value what God values.  I love what God loves.  All of this is a progressive move from a heart that, by sin, is disintegrated to a heart, by God’s grace, that is more and more like His Son.  The idea of integration or integrity of heart carries with it a sense of consistency of mind, heart, spirit and behaviors.

The theme for November is Integrity.  Please enjoy looking at the articles, the studies, the video interviews, all around this important leadership theme.

We value your input.  Feel free to leave us a message.  We read them!

God bless you as you live into integrity!

Joanne Holz, Major