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Leadership Sensibilities in a Changing World

Sensibilities are lenses that our leaders can develop in order to get a better "balcony view" of the situations in which they are leading and the people that they are working with. Part of developing these sensibilities is knowing that it is an ongoing process of learning, reflecting and shifting awareness. We don't think of sensibilities as competencies because these are areas where leaders will always have blind spots and deeply ingrained assumptions that keep them from seeing the whole picture by themselves.

Systems Sensibility

Systems Thinking is a mental model where all of the parts of an organism--and organization--are interconnected and interrelated. This is foundational to understanding conflict and how to lead change.

Being Mission-Focused

Faith communities function best when they have a clear understanding of why they exist and where they are going next. Leaders help to articulate the mission and lead toward the vision.

Contextual Sensibility

The role of religion and faith is changing in American life. Fewer people are interested in organized religion. How can UU leaders respond?

Multicultural Sensitivity

As American demographics shift toward more diversity, UU congregations need to learn to skillfully communicate across the differences that exist in our congregations as well as in our wider communities. Then we will be better equipped to understand race and privilege and help to dismantle racism.

Generational Sensibility

Along with life-stage differences, there are differences in generations' mores and values based on the societal shifts they experienced during their different life stages.

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