“A servant leader encourages others to embrace and share their God-given gifts to make life better for others,” said Amy. “When we work together and live the mission, vision and core values, we create and provide more abundant life for the people we serve.”
Much of the program involves internal reflection and exploring the culture of the organization. The theology concentrated on hearing God’s call and being in a covenant with both God and United Church Homes. Amy increased her understanding of the value of positive leaders moving from “me to we” mentality. Active participation in communication, being a part of the workshops, and possessing a fundamental appreciation for spiritual formation is key to Nollau’s leadership development.
Cheryl similarly reflects on her Nollau experience by saying, “For me, it solidifies and strengthens the practice of leading. It has energized and renewed my spirit of leadership so that I can be an example for my own staff.”
Communities of like-minded individuals come together to support and share with one another, learning what it means to be better leaders.
Cheryl continued to define her style of leadership and enhance that style with what she already knew — that people come first. In her case, she is focusing on leading from within, knowing herself, and continuing to teach her regional and community managers to support one another.
As both Amy and Cheryl continue their journey of reflection and communication from the teachings at Nollau, they are challenged to grow even more. Communities of like-minded individuals come together to support and share with one another, learning what it means to be better leaders. They do this by getting back to the basics of why they became leaders in the first place: to be a part of the culture of positive growth and change in an organization, to base their actions on spiritual foundations, and to value purpose and progress in those around them.
Several UCH leaders have taken part in the Nollau Institute, including Laura Farrell, administrator at Trinity Community, and Beth Long-Higgins, director of outreach and mission integration. UCH has chosen Kim Thorp, director of nursing at Trinity, and David Zack, director of operations, to attend Nollau in 2016 to continue the commitment of a faith-based leadership approach.