Reinventing Leadership

Edwin Friedman. Dvd. 42 mins. Guilford Publications, 1996.

Edwin Friedman was a rabbi in the Reformed tradition and a family systems therapist. He applied the insights of family systems to understanding the dynamics of congregations in his book 'Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue.' This video presentation builds on that work by describing how communities become dysfunctional when they are gripped by anxiety and how such communities tend to sabotage healthy leadership. The video goes on to describe the qualities required in leaders in order to overcome the sabotage. The focus is upon the person and maturity of the leader and the clarity of vision with which he or she functions within the group. The video will prove useful to leadership groups and in classes with clergy and laity who exercise leadership roles in church and society.