The first step toward change is to refuse to be deployed by others and to choose to deploy yourself. — Warren Bennis, contemporary organizational consultant and author

In the closing circle for this workshop, you were asked to name one way your work as a leader will be different as a result of the Harvest the Power program. Spend some time journaling or thinking about your next step. Will you pay better attention to your spiritual self? Will you listen for the music beneath the words when you are faced with complaints? Will you undertake to learn more about system thinking? Will you browse the Leaders Library on the UUA website? Figure out your next action—and do it!

Set aside some agenda time to talk with other members of your leadership team and choose the next leadership development action for your group. Consider making it a regular practice to spend leadership meeting time paying attention to leadership issues, as well as management issues.

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Resources that informed this workshop may be useful for your congregation's leadership library:

Bennis, Warren, On Becoming a Leader, 4th edition (

New York : Basic Books, March 2009)

"Fear and Loathing in the Tropics: Frogs Adapt to Survive,"


Globe November 24, 2008

Parks, Sharon Daloz, Leadership Can Be Taught: A Bold Approach for a Complex World (Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2005).

See the Unitarian Universalist Association's resources f or l e a ders including an extensive online Leader's Library . Also visit the website of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership .

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