Leading Ladies

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Drawing on stories of biblical women, Leading Ladies presents four models of "transformational leadership" that recognize the leadership styles of women in all walks of life: Intercessor, Midwife, Choreographer, and Weaver. Includes reflective questions for journaling or group discussion.
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Leading Ladies: Transformative Biblical Images For Women's Leadership introduces four biblical archetypes whose stories define the leadership roles played by women everyday within the home, the community, and the workplace. The "weaver" is one who braids together her vision for the future; the "midwife" helps birth ideas and dreams; the "choreographer" brings people together to celebrate; the "intercessor" advocates on behalf of others. Jeanne Porter draws upon the lessons of these ancient stories to explore the principles of what she calls "transformative leadership", an alternative to traditional styles of leadership that calls on women to lead from their spiritual core and empowers women to claim their full leadership potential. Each biblical story is complimented by stories of contemporary women whose action, ministry, and work model this leadership paradigm. Leading Ladies, with its multiethnic approach, is very highly recommended reading for women involved with church work, business, neighborhood groups, community activism, schools, women's studies, biblical studies, and individual self-improvement efforts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806690384
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 164
  • Sales rank: 987,542
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 13
Chapter 1 Women Have Always Led 17
Valuing Difference 19
New Bottles for New Wine 22
The Images of Leadership 24
The Language and Metaphors of Leadership 26
Reflection and Discussion Questions 27
The Leader as Midwife
Chapter 2 Puah and Shiphrah--The Midwives Who Led a Resistance 31
The Early Practitioners of Midwifery 33
The Principles of Midwifery 36
The Plan of Resistance 37
Reflection and Discussion Questions 41
Chapter 3 The Leader as Midwife 43
Recognizing Pregnant Possibilities 46
Creating Conditions for Birth through Words of Encouragement 48
Providing Care and Nurture through Relationship 50
Understanding the Timing and Process of Birthing 51
Pushing Through the Pain 52
Called to Midwife 56
Reflection and Discussion Questions 58
The Leader as Choreographer
Chapter 4 Miriam--The Dancing Leader 61
Daughter of Destiny 61
Precursors to Miriam's Leadership 65
The Leader of Dancers 67
The Humbled Miriam 69
The Choreography of Miriam 72
Reflection and Discussion Questions 74
Chapter 5 The Leader as Choreographer 75
Dancing the Vision 78
Developing Dance Routines 80
Showing the Significance of the Steps 82
Freeing People to Dance 86
The Choreography of Leadership 89
Reflection and Discussion Questions 92
The Leader as Weaver
Chapter 6 Deborah--The Relational Leader 95
A Woman of Fire 95
A Leader in Touch with Her People 97
A Leader Who Understands the Issues 98
A Leader Who Partners 100
A Leader Who Praises 102
The Strategic Weaver 103
Reflection and Discussion Questions 105
Chapter 7 The Leader as Weaver 107
Patterns of Weaving 108
Creating Space for a Vision to Develop 110
Helping People Believe They Can Achieve the Vision 112
Developing a Strategy 112
Praising Progress 113
Connecting People and Tasks 114
Willing to Weave 116
Reflection and Discussion Questions 118
The leader as Intercessor
Chapter 8 Esther--The Leader Who Interceded 121
Being in the Right Place 122
Being Open to the Need 124
Understanding God's Timing 126
Taking Action 129
The Power of the Intercessor 131
Reflection and Discussion Questions 132
Chapter 9 The Leader as Intercessor 133
Called into the Gap 134
Listening to the People 137
Making the Connection 138
Making the Translation 139
Working to Help People Gain Their Own Voice 140
Placed to Intercede 142
Reflection and Discussion Questions 144
Chapter 10 From Image to Impact 145
Identifying Your Leadership Image 148
A New Generation of Leaders 150
Reflection and Discussion Questions 151
Endnotes 152
Bibliography 156
About the Author 159
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