I’m starting a podcast called Leadership Unplugged and I’d love for you to listen. But why should you? There are so many leadership podcasts, blogs, and resources that are readily accessible. So why tune in to this one?
Well, I’m not a salesman, but here goes my best pitch. Here are 3 reasons I’m so stoked about this podcast and why I hope you will listen.
Leadership Unplugged will:
1. Highlight the stories of local leaders that you may have never heard of but are making big impacts.
Before the days of Netflix, DVRs, and iPhones, community storytelling was a deep part of many societies all around the globe. Imagine an ancient tribal community sitting around the fire at the end of the day, telling folklore of their ancestors as well as their own adventures, struggles and victories. Sharing their stories not only provided education about their history but also helped make sense of their lives and create a shared sense of purpose as a community.
Stories have power. They have the power to touch us profoundly, give us a more intimate understanding of each other and world, and inspire a compelling vision for the future.
And stories are critical to leadership development. Leadership is not just about mission statements, strategies, programs, budgets and processes. It is about people who think, feel, dream, doubt, agonize, complain, fear, laugh, and long to influence those around them in a way that matters.
Leadership unplugged will be about creating the space to hear these personal stories, and to learn from these leaders who doing big things in their spheres of influence.
2. Give voice to a different and broad leadership perspective
Most of the nationwide, well-known faces of church leadership are white. There is so much we can learn from them as they are amazing leaders making powerful and positive impacts. But as the demographics of America continue to shift, it is important to bring visibility to leaders who look like and share common experiences with the growing minority population demographic.
And this is more than just a “nice to have.” Take the business world. Studies on successful businesses are seeing the value of diversity as a key driver of innovation, ability to adapt in a fast changing environment, problem solving capacity and business growth. And this can be applicable to church leadership and its ability to carry out its vision. But giving representation to diversity does not happen naturally. As one business leader quoted, “If you do not intentionally include, you unintentionally exclude.”
Leadership unplugged will be about intentionally including the stories and perspectives of leaders with diverse backgrounds who may or may not look like you but can broaden your perspective on the leadership experience.
3. Give you an inside look at the Asian American Church
Asian Americans are the fastest growing demographics in America. God is doing some amazing things in the Asian American community. At the same time, there are many ways in which the Asian American Christian community can grow. Listening to and sharing the unique struggles, challenges, and successes of the Asian American church can help foster the discussion of how the Asian American Christian community can develop healthy leaders who make a positive impact in all their communities.
Leadership Unplugged will be about taking an inside look at Asian American leaders and churches to uncover their stories, see what they are doing, and where they are going.
The bottom line is that I want to help inspire and encourage pastors and leaders live out their calling passionately and fearlessly to make a difference in their communities. Are you ready to learn and be challenged? Subscribe and lets take this journey together.1