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Taking It Home, Workshop 7: Integrity

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

The power inherent in a leader's presence does not reside in physical or economic strength but in the nature of his or her own being... Leaders function as the immune systems of the institutions they lead — not because they ward off enemies, but because they supply the ingredients for the system's integrity. — Edwin H. Friedman, late 20th-century rabbi, family therapist and author

Reread the handouts at home. Reflect on your own responses to the situations that arise in your life and in your work. When are you responding with integrity, out of a clear and healthy sense of self? When are you reactive, responding to the chronic anxiety which surrounds us? What practices will help you nurture your spiritual well-being?

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You may wish to add resources that informed this workshop to your congregation's leadership library:

Benefiel, Margaret, Soul at Work: Spiritual Leadership in Organizations ( New York : Seabury Books, 2005)

Friedman, Edwin H., A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix ( New York : Seabury Books, 2007)

Jones, Jeffrey D., The "What" and the "Who" of Leadership (Alban Institute, 2008).

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Last updated on Saturday, October 29, 2011.

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