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Support for Spiritual Development

“Although the act of nurturing another's spiritual growth has the effect of nurturing one's own, a major characteristic of genuine love is that the distinction between oneself and the other is always maintained and preserved.”

- M. Scott Peck
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As we move towards increased interdependence and collaboration, how we conceptualize leadership also needs to shift.

Boards of directors  top^

Being a Governor: A Process for Board Development

A toolkit for developing the capacity of board governors, including checklists and questionnaires.
Seel & Iffrig, Mt Royal College, Institute for Nonprofit Studies (2006), linked 08/16

Board Development Workbooks

The Muttart Foundation has published or co-published workbooks to help charitable agencies examine their methods of operation and different ways of doing business. Five workbooks available.
MF website, linked 08/16

Boards That Work

Self-paced 2-hour online course; $127 for 3 months access.
Charity Village Campus, linked 08/16

Free Complete Toolkit for Boards

An excellent set of tools for Boards that apply to for-profit and nonprofit organizations.
Free Management Library, linked 08/16

Sample Policy on Zero Tolerance for Harassment

A sample policy that covers, and includes definitions of, discrimination, personal harassment, sexual harassment, bullying, abuse of authority, and poisoning a work place.
Dorothy Riddle, Service-Growth Consultants Inc. (2008), linked 08/16 Policy on

Writing Effective Policies and Procedures

Self-paced 2-hour online course; $87 for 3 months access.
Charity Village Campus, linked 08/16

Leadership styles  top^

Art of Harvesting

Describes the work of the facilitator or host as engaging everyone to speak "their truth," listen openly, and try to understand differing views; by contrast, the work of the "harvesters" is to capture the wisdom, see patterns, make meaning – and then make this meaning "visible" and available.
The Art of Hosting, linked 08/16

Authentic Leadership in Action Institute

Based in Halifax, NS, Canada, the approach combines the Buddhist and Shambala traditions of mindfulness and authentic presence with the new-paradigm thinking from complexity theory, chaordic design, Theory U, social networking theory, and strength-based community development.
ALIA website, linked 08/16

Being an Effective Leader for Your Organization

A Factsheet that takes a close look at the concept of leadership and provides a number of guidelines for leaders who volunteered, were elected or appointed to help them effectively lead their groups.
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture website, Kim DeKlein & Meg Penstone, linked 08/16

Effective Leadership

A brochure with two templates (Organizational Leadership and Personal Leadership) to help you assess the effectiveness of the leadership in your organization —a 'starter set' to help you take a quick pulse check and map a plan for action.
Conference Board of Canada website, linked 08/16

Effective Leadership Styles

A brief article on some of the most effective leadership styles. Includes tips to help achieve effective leadership styles and provides short definitions on 3 leadership styles: Authoritarian, Participative, and Delegative.
Articlesbase website, Muna wa Wanjiru, linked 08/16

Five Principles to Improve Your Leadership Skills

The article looks briefly at five principles - self-esteem, planning, motivation, delegation, and empowerment - that will improve leadership skills, especially when coupled with the way you recognize your organization's needs and how you can adapt your leadership style to those needs.
Articlesbase website, Abbas Abedi, linked 08/16

Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute

An institute that helps social sector organizations achieve excellence in performance and community building.
Website, linked 08/16

Habits of Spiritually Grounded Leaders

An article that looks at the discipline and persistence needed to exercise mindfulness and be a spiritually grounded leader. Includes a related article: Humility in leadership.
AASA website, Scott Thompson, linked 08/16

How Good Are Your Leadership Skills?

Analyze your performance in specific areas of leadership. Complete the online quiz to help you identify where you already lead effectively, and where your skills need further development.
Mind Tools Website, linked 08/16

International Leadership Programme

A 12-day intensive training where participants from many different cultures, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds come together to form an international learning community.
Wyse Website, linked 08/16

Leadership and Spirituality in the Workplace

The appendix provides an overview of the concept of spirituality in the workplace, spiritual principles that have been useful to many leaders in their personal and professional development, and a list of some of the resources that are available to people who are interested in learning more about the relationship between leadership and spirituality.
Judi Neal website, by Judith A. Neal, linked 08/16

Roles for Effective Leadership

Description of five key leadership roles.
Dorothy Riddle, Service-Growth Consultants Inc., Copyright 2008, linked 08/16 for Effective

Rotational Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Suggestions for success when leadership or management positions are shared in rotation.
Dorothy Riddle, Service-Growth Consultants Inc., Copyright 2008, linked 08/16 Responsibilities and

Setting the Stage for Modeling Ethical Behavior

An article exploring how leaders can use modeling to show how to behave ethically with others.
LA Ethics Office, by Jerry Brown, ERC,2004, website, linked 08/16

Situational Leadership

Provides a good synopsis of the model underlying situational leadership that allows you to analyze the needs of the situation you're dealing with and then adopt the most appropriate leadership style.
From Blanchard & Hersey, Chimaera Consulting, linked 08/16

Soul Lessons of Leaders

Five soul lessons for leaders offered by the author: vision, right relations, analysis, synthesis, and then to stand alone.
Clarion Way website, by Susan Trout, Ph.D., linked 08/16

Styles of Leadership Decision-Making

A description of five options for leaders when a decision needs to be made.
Dorothy Riddle, Service-Growth Consultants Inc., Copyright 2008, linked 08/16 of Leadership

Ten Steps to Becoming a Better Leader

Ten steps to becoming a more effective leader.
Ezinearticles website, George F Franks III, linked 08/16

Ways Women Lead

Engaging and connecting as many women and girls as possible on the journey of self-discovery and empowerment for self and others.
Website, linked 08/16

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Thursday, March 22, 2018