Reactivity…these 10 things make it worse

Reactivity…these 10 things make it worse

All leaders will deal with reactivity at one point or another.

It can be caused by a proposed change from the leader, it may be the result of direct and necessary action taken by the leader, or, it can come…

Leaders, Not Principals

In the media, examples of school principals abound from (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ) highly suspicious Ed Rooney, to the distant yet caring Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series.

As someone who worked in public education for eight years…

Do you have these 4 leadership goals?

Leaders approach their work in many ways.

They use various frames of references to inform how they go about their work.

Some, for instance, focus on the concept of “leadership style.”

Others lean toward the leader-as-manager approach while others take…

A Stockpile of Leadership Resources

Functioning at a high level of self-differentiation is the golden fleece sought by organizational and congregational leaders who are students of Bowen Systems Theory.

Especially during times of acute anxiety and systemic reactivity, effective leaders will work on focusing on…

7 Things to Know About Change

Bringing about organizational change isn’t rocket science, but it’s not easy either.

Those who step into a leadership position that requires engaging in institutional and organizational development in effect and by default will need to bring about changes on several…

Leaders Take Responsibility

In the 1960 speech entitled Leadership, Howard Thurman states that leaders must:


               Be a seeker of the truth.

Must seek the truth about himself.

Be willing to take responsibility for his own actions.

Be willing to take…

Resources for personal leadership

Purists of Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) tend to eschew notions or frameworks of individualistic perspectives to therapy or interpreting families or organizations (like “personality type” or “traits” schemas).

They prefer a consistent “systems” approach that focuses on the structural…

Tough Leaders Have These in Common

There’s no doubt about it, providing effective leadership in any context is a tough job; and, it requires tough leaders.

Toughness, however, is often misunderstood.

At the end of the day, toughness itself does not automatically result in effective leadership.

Leadership 101

I enjoy those leadership books that revisit the basics.

While some books on leadership are better than others, I always find it helpful to be reminded of the fundamentals.

Whenever I’ve managed to get myself in trouble it’s because I’ve…

7 Things to know about leadership

The concept of leadership has seen its own evolution.

What constitutes a leader and leadership in fields of study and in various contexts have changed over the decades.

Over the years some concepts have proven more helpful, and more…

Your Advice Isn’t Helping

Some time ago someone sent me an e-mail asking for advice on a matter.

I wrote back saying, “I don’t give advice,” though I did provide some resources related to the question.

Later, this person asked me to explain what…

The Balancing Act

When I was a teenager I had the opportunity to play in a woodwind quintet for a wedding. It turned out to be a highlight of my musical experiencemy clarinet joining in with the flute, oboe, bassoon, French horn.


Get Understanding

Few things escape the consequences of their own success.

This axiom seems true even of Bowen Family Systems Theory.

It seems that systems theory is now the “in” thing—never have there been as many courses on it, or more “experts”…

Deep thinking, powerful ideas

Quick quiz: What philosopher said, “To think is easy, to act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult of all.”?

Answer: None. I pulled that quote out of a fortune cookie after lunch at a local Chinese restaurant….

15 Common Sense Practices for Pastoral Ministry

Emotional Intelligence is one of the fields of research applied to pastoral leadership.

I think it holds great promise for effective pastoral leadership because the nature of leadership in the context of congregations is more about understanding relationships in the…

Education by Israel Galindo