Leadership, are we born with it or can we learn it, or both?
One of my passions is leadership development, how do we do lead and what do we need to improve? So I am here in room 208 of Baird Hall at SFTS for a one week course on Emotional Intelligence and ministry. Row Oswald is the teacher. He was an Alban consultant forever, and now engages church leaders this way.
He says, "Pastors don't get into trouble because they have the wrong footnote in a class. They get into trouble because they can't read the emotional cues correctly." This class asks for 20 people to fill out an online survey, and then I'll get the feedback tomorrow.
Others who have taken this course say it is transformative. I expect to have a clearer sense of my own personal and professional goals at the end of the week. One of my own goals already is to spend more time here on Soul Cafe, so let's have a conversation!
I bet my goals will be around several themes-- I'll write this now, and let's see where I am come Friday, OK?
My goals right now are
1. self care, which means to me exercise 5 days out of 7, for 30 - 40 minutes, as well as reading novels (not e-mail), and one eccentric thing a week.
2. Getting our two students settled in their new schools this Aug/ Sept.
3. Continuing to practice "self-definition," as a pastoral colleague and synod staff working with congregations in the call process, interim pastors, congregations in conflict, and candidacy. In other words, the more clearly I can state what I need and what I perceive, the more helpful that can be for the process.
I look forward to our converesation. It is sunny and 75 right now.