Learning for Leaders
Conference-Wide Book Studies
Sponsored by The EPAUMC Congregational Development Team
February 2023 Book Club
In Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change, Tod Bolsinger, author and leadership expert, will help us explore adaptive leadership qualities we can develop in changing times. Learn how to overcome the external challenges we face and the internal resistance that holds us back.
We will meet via Zoom on Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, at 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Register now and order Tod’s new book Tempered Resilience. The first 25 registrants can request it for free.
Bolsinger, MDiv, PhD, is a leadership coach, professor and top executive and was a pastor for 27 years. He has authored five books, including the celebrated Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory. His new book Tempered Resilience compares adaptive leadership to the process of fortifying metal to increase its durability and flexibility.
He will cover these topics in four sessions:
- Sabotage and The Most Important Aspect of Leadership
- Resistance, Resilience, Hewing Hope from Despair
- Heating and Holding.
- Hammering and Quenching.
More information about:
THE BOOK: What type of leadership is needed in a moment that demands adaptive change? Tod Bolsinger, author of Canoeing the Mountains, is uniquely positioned to explore the qualities of adaptive leadership in contexts ranging from churches to nonprofit organizations. He deftly examines both the external challenges we face and the internal resistance that holds us back. Bolsinger writes: “To temper describes the process of heating, holding, hammering, cooling, and reheating that adds stress to raw iron until it becomes a glistening knife blade or chisel tip.” When reflection and relationships are combined into a life of deliberate practice, leaders become both stronger and more flexible. As a result, these resilient leaders are able to offer greater wisdom and skill to the organizations they serve
THE AUTHOR: Tod Bolsinger, MDiv, PhD, the co-owner and principal of AE Sloan Leadership, Inc, an executive coaching and consulting firm that works with church, non-profit, and marketplace leaders in leading change. He is also the Executive Director of the De Pree Center Church Leadership Institute, a Senior Fellow of the De Pree Center for Leadership, Associate Professor of Leadership Formation at Fuller Theological Seminary, was the founder of the Fuller Leadership Platform, and served as a Vice President of Fuller Seminary for six years. Prior to his educational career, he served as a pastor for 27 years. He is the author of five books, including the Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year in pastoral leadership, Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory, Leadership for a Time of Pandemic: Practicing Resilience and most recently, Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change.