Continuing Education is not available to all. Sometimes funds aren’t available; sometimes there just isn’t time. Distance learning and webinars can be helpful, yet such formats for learning aren’t for everyone. If you learn by reading, the book Leadership Can Be Taught might be for you. The author, Sharon Daloz Parks, is Principal of Leadership for the New Commons and Senior Fellow at the Whidbey Institute in Clinton, WA. She spent time observing leadership education at Harvard. It wasn’t just any leadership education she observed. She was witness to the leadership education model developed by Ronald Heifetz (author of Leadership Without Easy Answers). This model of education involves “case-in-point” learning. Different from a case study, case-in-point learning involves present time responses to class room dynamics. Reading the book can help a congregational leader build a wider repertoire of responses to those moments of leadership when one isn’t sure of what the best word or action might be.
Reviewed by Tim Shapiro