Contours of a leadership journey

This was originally posted earlier this year.

JS Alan Wilson

I’ve recently completed a series substantive interviews with fourteen vocational Christian leaders. The interviews are part of my research towards a professional doctorate.

A number of important themes have formed a significant part of the content of the interviews. I’d like to think of them as the contours of a leadership journey.

  • Conversion. While all of the leaders I spoke to have had some kind of conversion experience, some of them talk about how radically life changing that experience was.
  • Call. Not everyone has an Isaiah-type experience of call: but some of the leaders I spoke to talked about a dramatic call experience as they listened to a speaker at a conference; another spoke more of a gradual awakening and eventually coming to the realisation: ‘This is what I was born for.’ Others spoke of significant happenings that preceded invitations into particular leadership situations.
  • Not unrelated to the first two themes…

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