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Church seeks to move beyond shepherds and sheep

Roger Trapp

Forbes

21 December 2014
 

PA’s global head of HR, Emma Hardaker-Jones, is quoted in an article in Forbes. Emma talks about leadership in Christian churches, following a recent report which suggests that a more professional approach to talent management and leadership development should be taken.

Commenting on some key aspects of leadership that apply to any organisation, Emma explains that “everyone agrees that organisations need good leadership.” She goes on to say that the reactions to the proposals show “there is little agreement on how to achieve it”. 

Emma points out that in industry “there is often scepticism about the value of behavioral development to leaders, especially if it is not supported or underpinned with a technical element. This is particularly true in sectors where technical capability and expertise are highly valued, such as in engineering or R and D.”

Emma adds that some of the negative responses to the Church of England report possibly stem from a similar position, “where pastoral expertise is valued but there is uncertainty about whether there is any value in being an expert leader”.



 

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