Resources and Comments in Response to “Covenants of Leadership Behavior”
Gil Rendle’s “Covenants of Leadership Behavior” (the September 10, 2012 Alban Weekly, adapted from Leading Change in the Congregation: Spiritual and Organizational Tools for Leaders) explains why developing a “covenant of leadership” is essential to helping leaders develop and maintain behaviors that keep the values of their faith. The need for such a covenant is particularly pressing when attempts at change are sabotaged by “inappropriate, unhelpful, or indirect behaviors.”
Rendle offers an example of a governing board’s leadership covenant. It includes promises to God, to the church family, and to each other. Noteworthy among the promises are these: to “respect and care for each other,” to “listen with an open, nonjudgmental mind,” and to “discuss, debate, and disagree openly.”
The author also emphasizes that a covenant is not meant to enforce behaviors, but rather to raise behaviors to a level of awareness from which helpful conversations can ensue.
What resources might support you and your congregation in developing a leadership covenant? In addition to the items listed at the end of the article, please consider Behavioral Covenants in Congregations: A Handbook for Honoring Differences.
What are your stories and thoughts on this topic? And what resources do you suggest? We look forward to hearing from you.