Taking It Home
A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm. — from An Enemy of the People, by Henrik Ibsen, 19th-century Norwegian playwright
Reflect with your family or friends about the definitions of power and authority. Where in your life do you have authority, either formal or informal? Where are the places you use your power to achieve a desired outcome? Where are the places you might more effectively use the power and authority you have?
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Resources for exploring leadership in the congregational context include the Congregational Handbook (from UUA.org) and these books:
- Leadership Without Easy Answers by Ronald A. Heifetz (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1994)
- Welcoming Resistance by William Chris Hobgood (Roman and Littlefield E-book/Alban Books, 2002)
- Holy Conversations: Strategic Planning as a Spiritual Practice for Congregations by Alice Mann and Gil Rendle (Rowman and Littlefield/ Alban Books, 2003).