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Leadership Resources

A blog post by Terri Elton

Here is another installation of leadership resources. This time we go to the “non-ministry” world and see what insights they can give us on leadership. Watch, read, reflect, and enjoy.

Harvard Business Review

Anything with Harvard in its name in it probably means high quality, and this certainly is true with regard to the Harvard Business School. The Harvard Business Review highlights key ideas and research in the area of leadership. Most of their work does focus on business, but many of their leaders also work with government, education, and non-profit organizations. Check out these articles and videos:

Should anyone be a leader -- article.

Emotional intelligence -- article.

Networks -- video

Change and the brain -- video

Leadership and Humility -- video

Biggest Mistake a Leader can Make -- video

Ted Talks

Leaders know about Ted Talks, short video segments on some particular topic. Some topics are very particular, but many are perspectives that can work for multiple purposes. Here are two that might be helpful for children, youth, and family ministry leaders:

Drew Dudley: Everyday Leadership

Rita Pierson: Every Kid Needs A Champion

Disney Institute

Some of you may not know about the Disney Institute, but it is a training arm of the Disney dynasty. Yes, as you might imagine, its specialty is innovation and excellence. While its approach to leadership may have differences from a ministry approach to leadership, there is much to learn from their perspective. Here’s one of their latest blog posts:

Three Questions on Leadership Effectiveness -- blog post.


And one random video. YouTube is also a great resource to check out. There are some great leadership videos, but there are also some “random” ones which might spark good discussion among your leadership teams, like this one I found last weekend. Watch it, and think of the creative possibilities in our lives:

Terri EltonAuthor Bio:
Terri is passionate about young people and their families, and loves
the church. No really! She's our Associate Professor and teaches with
an eye toward developing leaders and leading change. She also serves as Director of the Center for First Third Ministry and hopes to help
ministry leaders create environments that cultivate a faith that
matters. Growing up in southern California, Terri discovered her love
for the city, cultural diversity and the beach. You can usually find Terri running or biking the streets of Minneapolis/St. Paul, or wherever she happens to be. When not moving, she's watching a movie with her husband or traveling with her two young adult daughters.

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