In Blessings for Leaders, Dan Ebener skillfully weaves an understanding of one of the most powerful and familiar Bible passages with insights drawn from his experience developing faith-filled leaders in churches, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. Each chapter begins with Scripture, reflects on the inward journey of leadership through the virtues associated with that Beatitude, and addresses some of the outward challenges of leadership. The book makes specific suggestions about mission, vision, core values, followership, conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, communication and listening, team-building, meeting facilitation, innovation, and leading change.
Straightforward, easy to read, and filled with illuminating stories, this book is ideal for anyone searching for Christian insight into leadership and for groups journeying to a deeper understanding of Jesus' vision for leadership.
Dr. Dan R. Ebener has been practicing leadership and developing leaders for churches, businesses, and community organizations since 1976. He served as director of Catholic Charities in Davenport from 1986-2006. He now teaches leadership full-time for the Masters of Organizational Leadership (MOL) program at St. Ambrose University and serves as director of stewardship and parish planning for the Diocese of Davenport. Dan has presented at conferences, in classrooms, in churches, or at community forums in forty-three states and fourteen countries. He is author of Servant Leadership Models for Your Parish, (Paulist Press, 2010).