Pick­ing Up the Pieces: Lead­er­ship After Empire

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September 1, 2023

While the Exo­dus dates back thou­sands of years, the imprint of the pyra­mids con­tin­ues to influ­ence us all these gen­er­a­tions lat­er. Lead­er­ship mod­els built in the image of the empire reflect cap­i­tal­ist cul­tur­al tra­di­tions more than our deep­est the­o­log­i­cal con­vic­tions. They encour­age the con­sol­i­da­tion of pow­er at the top. They facil­i­tate insti­tu­tion­al burnout, abus­es of pow­er, and mis­sion­al mal­prac­tice. In Pick­ing Up the Pieces, McShane and Babchuck pro­pose a more gen­er­ous mod­el of lead­er­ship for today’s reli­gious lead­ers. A mod­el where pow­er is shared out rather than shored up, and where every per­son can stretch toward the full­ness of their God-giv­en gifts regard­less of where they land on an orga­ni­za­tion­al chart. Through an inno­v­a­tive explo­ration of Moses’ bib­li­cal nar­ra­tive, the authors sug­gest that Moses strug­gled might­i­ly with shed­ding the empire’s mod­el of lead­er­ship, hav­ing been raised inside of it. It is only in his lat­er years that he begins to under­stand what lib­er­a­tion looks like. Pick­ing Up the Pieces pairs Moses’ jour­ney with sto­ries of con­tem­po­rary inno­va­tors and change­mak­ers who have adopt­ed a more gen­er­ous mod­el of lead­er­ship, and whose com­mu­ni­ties are thriv­ing as a result.

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