Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Leading for Transformation

The Pohly Center for Supervision and Leadership Formation
Leading for Transformation

We all desire to belong and have purpose.

As leaders, are we helping people find meaning and purpose?

Are we helping them know their value?

Too often in our culture the bottom line drives our decisions and treatment of others, even in the church.  We don’t have to look far in the headlines to discover examples of the lack of value placed on human life. 

What if we could lead with integrity in a way that helps people know their value? 

Value-Centered Leadership liberates people “to do what is required of them in the most effective and humane way possible” (Max DePree, Leadership is an Art).

How we lead does make a difference in our ability to effectively “equip God’s people for the work of serving and building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12, CEB) and is critical to our churches and workplaces today. 

Value-Centered Leaders build Covenantal Community that endorses the concept of human dignity and value.  A covenant is a mutual agreement that clearly defines responsibilities of all people involved.  There is a commitment to shared ideas, procedures, goals, purpose and management process. 

Value-Centered Leaders know that we need one another to be most effective.  We embrace our differences and diversity even as we claim our shared commitments.  Caring relationships grow as people are empowered and equipped to serve using their unique gifts and talents.  We learn about each other through our shared experiences.  These relationships move beyond individuals and build stronger communities.

Supervisory conversations are a wonderful tool for transforming our church or workplace communities to ones that are value centered, covenantal and relational while centering on seeing God’s perspective and discerning God’s direction.  One of the Pohly Center’s signature courses, Principles and Practice of Supervision, is a great place to begin learning and practicing supervisory conversations.  Visit the Pohly Center on United’s website to learn more.

Ken Pohly says, “…the supervisory covenantal relationship releases a potential for new identity” (Transforming the Rough Places).  Our lives, the lives of those we work with and our communities are transformed through the process.

Rev. Debbie K. Roth
Director of the Pohly Center for Supervision and Leadership Formation