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    Welcome to the discussion!

    The goal of this forum is to interact and engage with one another surrounding questions and ideas posted on the Qualities of Effective Leadership. 

    After spending time with the blog, podcast, and links we’ve offered, we now invite you to contribute your own thoughts, links, and ideas. Consider the following prompts as a place to begin the conversation:


    In Reverend James M. Lawson’s podcast above, Rev. Lawson reflects on the efficacy of leadership tactics that emphasize non-violence.

    Take a moment to ask yourself: What examples of nonviolent leadership have you seen work effectively in your own life, in your community, and in the world?  Do you believe leadership tactics that embrace peace and compassion are more or less effective than tactics that promote hostility? Why or why not?


    In Reverend Debrah Freidland-van Zyl’s blog above, Rev. Freidland-van Zyl examines the differences between authoritarian and collaborative leadership styles.

    Give yourself five minutes to write. Think of a recent time where you were working in a group setting — perhaps as part of a school, work, or community project. Was there one leader dividing up and allocating the workload, or were people able to take on tasks based on their self-identified strengths and abilities? Write down three leadership tactics you observed to be effective in your group, and three tactics you found to be ineffective. Then, share your observations with a friend or colleague.

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