Leading as a Disciple

Ways of Doing

Planning and mapping a pathway in pursuit of a shared vision.

Process for Engagement

"Leaders manage the dream. All leaders have the capacity to create a compelling vision, one that takes people to a new place, and the ability to translate that vision into reality" (W. Bennis, 2000, Old Dogs, New Tricks; On Creativity and Collaboration)

A strategic and logical approach to planning helps to clarify the vision. Leaders interpret and communicate the vision by breaking it down into a logical plan, a set of actions or initiatives that are accessible, achievable and realistic.

This process can demystify the often intangible and idealistic expression of the vision making it real and relevant to the situation and context. People are more likely to see themselves being part of something tangible and practical.

While accompanying and journeying with people, particularly when challenges arise, it is the leader’s responsibility to remind people why we are doing this and how it contributes to the vision.

Quotes from Consultation

“Its important that any initiative has a logical process – this involves consultation, getting support for the idea, identifying the key players, having someone to drive it and the leader being an enabler” (School Principals Consultation)

“All worthwhile initiatives have time for reflection built in – to assess how it’s going. It’s the ability to look back so that we can move forward” (School Principals Consultation)


“As leaders we need to understand that we model the leadership of Jesus - doing small things with the utmost care” (Clergy Consultation)

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Broken Bay

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Pennant Hills NSW 2120

PO Box 340
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Phone 02 9847 0000
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