Copy Handout 1, The Who of Leadership, for all participants.
Pre-arrange with four participants to read the four paragraphs of the handout.
Description of Activity
Distribute Handout 1. Ask four volunteers to each read aloud a paragraph, then, invite participants to share with a partner their responses to the handout:
Did they gain new insights?
What in the piece rings true for them?
What do they disagree with?
Is understanding yourself crucial to good leadership?
Allow five minutes for paired conversation. Then engage participants in a whole-group discussion. Continue the conversation by introducing the work of Margaret Benefiel. In her book, Soul at Work, she defines spirituality broadly as "the human spirit, fully engaged." She goes on to state, "Spirituality includes the intellectual, emotional, and relational depth of human character, as well as the continuing capability and yearning for personal development and evolution." Ask participants if they agree that the capacity for full engagement is important, especially in a moment of crisis.
Invite participants to name some spiritual practices that can strengthen and deepen us, helping us to engage more fully in all that life offers. Affirm prayer, worship, small group ministry, meditation, service, time in the natural world, singing, journaling and other ideas.