How to Lead When You Don't Know Where You're Going: Leading in a Liminal Season (Paperback)

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How do you lead an organization stuck between an ending and a new beginning--when the old way of doing things no longer works but a way forward is not yet clear? Beaumont calls such in-between times liminal seasons--threshold times when the continuity of tradition disintegrates and uncertainty about the future fuels doubt and chaos. In a liminal season it simply is not helpful to pretend we understand what needs to happen next. But leaders can still lead. How to Lead When You Don't Know Where You're Going is a practical book of hope for tired and weary leaders who risk defining this era of ministry in terms of failure or loss. It helps leaders stand firm in a disoriented state, learning from their mistakes and leading despite the confusion. Packed with rich stories and real-world examples, Beaumont guides the reader through practices that connect the soul of the leader with the soul of the institution.

About the Author

Susan Beaumont is a consultant, coach, and spiritual director. She has worked with hundreds of congregations and denominational bodies across the United States and in Canada. Susan is the author of Inside the Large Congregation and coauthor of When Moses Meets Aaron: Staffing and Supervision in Large Congregations. She is known for engaging cutting-edge organizational practices, filtered through the lens of careful spiritual and theological reflection. Read more about her work at

Product Details
ISBN: 9781538127681
ISBN-10: 1538127687
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication Date: September 17th, 2019
Pages: 184
Language: English