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Activity 3: What Leadership Is and Isn't (20 minutes), Workshop 3: Power And Authority

In "Harvest the Power," a Tapestry of Faith program

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Watch Chapter 2, "What Leadership Is... and Isn't," a 19-minute presentation by Gil Rendle, on the UU University 2007 DVD. Or, watch the presentation online. NOTE: If you have the capability and the time to show the group the DVD or the online presentation, you may prefer to use Alternate Activity 1, UU University DVD — What Leadership Is And Isn't.
  • Review Leader Resource 1 for a summary of the presentation.

Description of Activity

Using Leader Resource 1 and your gleanings from the presentation, explain the difference between leadership and management.

Then, distribute Handout 2. Invite participants to turn to a partner and read the scenario. Wait for all pairs to finish. Then, say:

Given the information we have about First UU Anytown, we will create a list of questions that will guide this congregation toward ways to address its problems and move toward its goal. The questions should not seek more information to complete the scenario. Rather, let's come up with questions which ask, "Are we doing things right?" (management) and "Are we doing right things?" (leadership). For example, a management question might be, "How can we better furnish our building?" A leadership question might be, "Is our building adequate for our mission?" Let's compose some management questions and some leadership questions.

Take ten minutes to compile questions. Write each question on newsprint and lead the group to assign it a "L" or "M" for leadership or management.

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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

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