|In this Issue
Senior Consultant John Reid finishes his series on the 8 Faces of Leadership in this edition of Transforming Challenges by focusing on the ethical, collaborative and pastoral dimensions of leadership. And we offer some best practices for strengthening mission identity on Catholic college campuses.
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The Reid Group News
- Maureen Gallagher will conduct a workshop on Cultural Diversity for Reconfigured Communities for the Dominican Sisters of Peace who were formed from seven other congregations of Dominicans.
- On August 16 & 17, Lucien Roy will facilitate a retreat for the faculty and staff of the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago, as their new director Brian Schmisek begins his work.
- The Reid Group has been hired for a second year to work with the leadership team of the Sisters of Charity, New York as they implement directives from their 2011 Assembly.
- Maureen Gallagher is beginning work with St. Agnes parish in Louisville, KY on a strategic planning process.
So as you look at your individual or organizational future, what are your challenges? Could you benefit from skilled support? Give us a call at 206-432-3565 or send us ane-mail to start transforming those challenges into opportunities.
Quotes for Inspiration and Action
Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead [people] to the dawn of eternal peace.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
In law [people are] guilty when [they] violate the rights of others. In ethics [they are] guilty if [they] only think of doing so.
Immanuel Kant would’ve made a lousy lawyer, but a great judge!
A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.
Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.
8 Faces of Leadership, Part 4
John Reid, Senior Consultant,
The Reid Group
In previous editions of Transforming Challenges, we have looked at five faces of leadership. In this issue, we discuss the final three: You as an Ethical Leader, Collaborative Leader and Pastoral Leader.
You as an Ethical Leader
An ethical approach to leadership is essential for the credibility and effectiveness of leaders today in business, politics and religious circles. As Richard Gula, SS has pointed out, “Professional ethics has to do with the moral character and the sum of obligations that pertain to the practice of a profession.”
One’s moral character and capacity to fulfill professional obligations well demand a consistent and ethical approach. Some dimensions to ethical leadership include:
- The necessary competence to fulfill responsibilities
- A focus on the common good and service to the needs of one’s constituency
- Using “power with” and “power for” rather than “power over” or dominating power
- Practicing good self-care
- Being accountable and transparent in relationships
On which dimension could you focus more to reinforce your ethical leadership?
You as a Collaborative Leader
Collaboration is an approach that focuses on bringing gifts together for a common mission. Collaborative leaders do more “we” thinking, gathering the wisdom of colleagues, than “Lone Ranger” thinking. Collaboration also focuses on building trust and respect in work groups and emphasizing cooperation more than competition.
In what situations do you find collaboration difficult?
You as a Pastoral Leader
Pastoral leadership requires the ability to look at the whole reality of an organization rather than just its parts. It also requires a commitment to help people be their best selves in the workplace and to contribute what they can for the greater good. Stephen Covey identified eight characteristics of principle-centered leaders that also apply to pastoral leaders:
- They are continually learning
- They are service-oriented
- They radiate positive energy
- They believe in other people
- They lead balanced lives
- They see life as an adventure
- They are synergistic
- They exercise for self-renewal
How can you be a more effective pastoral leader?
As you continue on your leadership journey it may be helpful to keep the 8 Faces of Leadership before you.
How do we as individuals and organizations survive and thrive amid tremendous change? Why are efforts to improve falling so short in real results despite the millions of dollars in time, capital, and human effort being spent on them? How do we unleash the creativity, talent, and energy within ourselves and others in the midst of pressure? Is it realistic to believe that balance among personal, family, and professional life is possible?
Stephen R. Covey demonstrates that the answer to these and other dilemmas is Principle-Centered Leadership, a long-term, inside-out approach to developing people and organizations. The key to dealing with the challenges that face us today is the recognition of a principle-centered core within both ourselves and our organizations. Dr. Covey offers insights and guidelines that can help you apply these principles both at work and at home — leading not just to a new understanding of how to increase quality and productivity, but also to a new appreciation of the importance of building personal and professional relationships in order to enjoy a more balanced, more rewarding, more effective life.
Just Ministry: Professional Ethics for Pastoral Ministers
Richard Gula, SS
A very balanced approach to ethics in pastoral and moral theology. Gula’s book is very good for provoking insightful discussion among colleagues in ministry and a sharper defining edge for ethics for professional ministers in a time when pastoral care has never been more needed and lawsuits have never been more plentiful. It is current and practical.
Mining Group Gold, Third Edition: How to Cash in on the Collaborative Brain Power of a Team for Innovation and Results
If two heads are better than one, how about a team of heads? An effective team can be more innovative than an individual. But how do you get there? While it is true that building and managing a strong, productive team is difficult, Mining Group Goldgives you a set of proven tools, techniques and processes that you must use and practice at all levels of your organization to build and maintain strong, collaborative teams.
The Art of Fundraising: It’s Not All About You
Tom Reid, Senior Consultant
“You never listen yourself out of a gift.” I read that recently in a resource on fundraising and it struck me as apt advice, especially for the novice fundraiser.
A lot of the time when asking for money, the asker is focused on getting the whole thing over with as quickly as possible. This is often because they are uncomfortable with the process of fundraising and talking about money, replaying in their head the attitudes they grew up with and feeling like they are “begging” and that the potential donor wants to get out of this conversation just as fast as they do. So they reel off some information from a prepared script about what their organization does and what the need is and immediately make the ask, usually expecting a quick “no, but good luck to you.”
It is a better strategy to start the conversation by actually engaging in conversation. Ask questions of the potential donor about their values and interests. Listen to their answers. Ask follow-up questions, and then talk about the organization you are raising money for and how its work aligns with their interests.
Remember: the purpose of this conversation is to offer the potential donor the opportunity to invest in and partner with your organization’s mission. You aren’t “begging” for funds for some nice but irrelevant cause but rather are giving the donors the chance to live out their values by supporting the organization’s work of impacting, changing and saving lives.
And you do that best by listening rather than talking. It’s pretty easy to talk yourself out of a gift, but pretty hard to listen yourself out of one. And, after all, it’s not all about you.
The Art of Change: Faith, Vision and Prophetic Planning
Think about what your organization could do if the process of planning met the inevitability of change head-on—and it resulted in significant success.
Organizations large and small, religious and secular, for-profit and not-for-profit, successful and unsuccessful, go through change. John Reid and Maureen Gallagher of the Reid Group have been instrumental in helping many groups discover the power of Prophetic Planning. This book presents a complete overview with detailed information that any organization will find useful in understanding how to plan for change.
The Art of Change: Faith, Vision and Prophetic Planning, and its companion CD are now available from Liguori Publications as well as from Amazon.com.