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Taking It Home, Workshop 9: Facing Danger

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

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving. To reach the port of heaven we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it—but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor. — Oliver Wendell Holmes, 19th-century Unitarian poet

Explore biographies and stories of leaders you admire. How did they face danger as they led a community or organization through adaptive change? Where were they successful? When they were less successful, how do you think they could have done things differently?

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Read or watch the 1882 Heinrich Ibsen play, An Enemy of the People. You can order a DVD of a 1966, black-and-white television production of Arthur Miller's adaptation of the play. Pay attention to the kinds of danger the main character faces as he tries to warn his town about a potential environmental catastrophe.

Resources that informed this workshop may enhance your congregation's leadership library:

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

Congregational Handbook , Unitarian Universalist Association, 2005

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

Heifetz, Ronald A., Leadership Without Easy Answers (Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1994)

Heifetz, Ronald A. and Marty Linsky, Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading (Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2002)

Wills, Gary , Certain Trumpets: The Nature of Leadership (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1995).

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Last updated on Saturday, October 29, 2011.

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