Welcome to The SHAPE of a Leader. I write this blog with the SHAPE leadership development program (for women pastors) I lead in mind, but it is for all who are interested in leadership, faith, and the intersection of the two.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

What's Unacceptable?

What's unacceptable to you in this world? What breaks your heart? What makes you angry?  

When I'm working with leadership teams on visioning, these are questions I ask.  Try this with your team.  Not only will you begin to understand where the hearts and minds are of your team, but also you'll bring the team closer together - especially when a common theme emerges and you can begin to rally around a cause, no matter what that looks like.

Broken hearts and holy anger are fuel that ignite passion in the soul.  If something breaks a collective team's heart, or makes the collective angry, it becomes impossible to sit still, and the seemingly impossible roadblocks become molehills instead of mountains.  

The poet Jean de La Fontaine said, "Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish."  

May the collective in which you're a part be so impassioned that the fire in your soul ignites an unstoppable movement of change for the better.

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