These resources are recommended by Center for Congregations staffer Doug Hanner. Hanner facilitated this workshop in November 2016. For more resources, contact the Center at 866-307-2381 or check out the Congregational Resource Guide at http://thecrg.org/.
Blanchard, Ken. Leading at a Higher Level, Revised and Expanded Edition: Blanchard on Leadership and Creating High Performing Organizations. Upper Saddle River, NJ: FT Press, 2009.
Positive change leaders will find the whole book a great resource. Chapter 5 specifically of Leading at a Higher Level provides a great introduction to the concept of matching the right leadership style to the readiness of those being led.
Cherney, Jay, Ron Fry, Amanda Trosten-Bloom, and Diana Whitney. Appreciative Team Building: Positive Questions to Bring Out the Best of Your Team. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, Inc., 2004.
This book is for those interested in fostering a sense of team among co-workers and volunteers. It is filled with questions, processes and suggestions for building a high performance team. The book is easily adaptable to the congregational setting, and pastoral leaders will find that utilizing even one of the questions in a team meeting can have transformative results.
Lindberg, Katie. “Doing Change Differently: An Appreciative Inquiry Approach.” Indianapolis, IN: Center for Congregations, 2014.
Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is based on two assumptions: something in the target area is working or it wouldn’t exist and whatever we focus on grows. This article provides an introduction to how AI works. It presents a compelling argument for focusing on and appreciating congregational strengths and positively reframing congregational issues that need to be addressed.
Rader, Kay, Amanda Trosten-Bloom, and Diana Whitney. Appreciative Leadership: Focus on What Works to Drive Winning Performance and Build a Thriving Organization. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education, 2010.
At the heart of Appreciative Leadership are five core strategies: inquiry, illumination, inclusion, inspiration and integrity. Pastoral leaders interested in exploring Appreciative Inquiry from a leadership perspective will find this a practical guide.
Shriver, Sam and Jim Duncan. Creating the Stage. Podcast Audio. The Center for Leadership Studies – The Global Home of Situational Leadership. MP3. 3 minutes 18 seconds. Accessed July 2015.
Giving permission to experiment or create a stage for one to exercise individual skills can be one of the most positive things a leader can do for a congregation. This three-minute podcast interview with Jim Duncan may inspire listeners to recognize and release the creativity of their teams.
Whitney, Diana. Diana Whitney on Appreciative Leadership at NHPCO, 3/31/12. YouTube video. 1 hour 6 minutes. March 31, 2012. Accessed July 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WfHHG4hcE8
In this video, Dr. Diana Whitney gives the closing plenary titled “Appreciative Leadership: Building a Thriving Organization” at the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization’s 27th Management and Leadership Conference. Pick up at 4:10 into the session to skip the formalities of NHPCO’s conference.