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Leading in Complex Times

September 17, 2021
By Paul Williams

Are you a leader? If you have a family, you are. If you have employees who answer to you at any level, you are. If you have friends or co-workers who look up to you, you are. The correct answer is yes. We are all leaders at some level.

If you had not noticed it, leading is hard today. There is a multitude of challenges facing leaders today. Massive miscommunication (social media), harsh emotional reactions to decisions, freedom to call out leaders without the necessary information, a significant divide in perspectives, a lack of humility on the part of leaders and followers, and the list goes on.

In a recent article, Dr. Tim Elmore characterizes effective leadership in this way. “Believe it or not, I’m convinced one secret to effective leadership today is to practice paradoxes. Uncommon leaders cultivate the skills to embody seemingly contradictory traits that usually aren’t found together. For instance, these leaders are both confident and humble.” This principle holds true no matter what level of leadership you find yourself. Dr. Elmore goes on to identify some significant leadership paradoxes. 

  • Uncommon leaders embrace both visibility… and invisibility.
  • Uncommon leaders are both teachers… and learners.
  • Uncommon leaders model both high standards… and gracious forgiveness.
  • Uncommon leaders are both timely… and timeless.

As part of our effort to accomplish our credo of Graduating Leaders, TPCS is bringing in leadership speakers once a month to challenge our students to become influential leaders. Dr. Elmore is a leadership speaker who focuses on Gen Z (your children) and the challenges they face in today’s culture. Dr. Elmore is also the author of the Habitude series we use in our mentor groups, focusing on training leadership skills. Dr. Elmore will be speaking to parents at TPCS on Monday, September 20 at 7 pm in the Upper School Town Square. Tim Alexander, a member of Dr. Elmore’s team, will be speaking to our students the same day at 9:25 am.

We will continue to expand our partnerships with influential leaders who will challenge our students to rise above the crowd and lead.


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