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Leading ladies : transformative biblical images for women's leadership
Porter, Jeanne L., 1959-
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Philadelphia, PA : Innisfree Press, [2000]

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158 pages ; 23 cm
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BS1199.L4 P67 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This provocative and inspirational book offers alternatives to traditional male and Eurocentric leadership paradigms and fills the need for a new model of leadership, rooted in a spiritual core, for women in the 21st century. Drawing on lessons from biblical women, "Leading Ladies" explores four unique styles of women's leadership: midwife, intercessor, collaborator, and celebrator.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 13
Chapter 1 Women Have Always Ledp. 17
Valuing Differencep. 19
New Bottles for New Winep. 22
The Images of Leadershipp. 24
The Language and Metaphors of Leadershipp. 26
Reflection and Discussion Questionsp. 27
The Leader as Midwife
Chapter 2 Puah and Shiphrah--The Midwives Who Led a Resistancep. 31
The Early Practitioners of Midwiferyp. 33
The Principles of Midwiferyp. 36
The Plan of Resistancep. 37
Reflection and Discussion Questionsp. 41
Chapter 3 The Leader as Midwifep. 43
Recognizing Pregnant Possibilitiesp. 46
Creating Conditions for Birth through Words of Encouragementp. 48
Providing Care and Nurture through Relationshipp. 50
Understanding the Timing and Process of Birthingp. 51
Pushing Through the Painp. 52
Called to Midwifep. 56
Reflection and Discussion Questionsp. 58
The Leader as Choreographer
Chapter 4 Miriam--The Dancing Leaderp. 61
Daughter of Destinyp. 61
Precursors to Miriam's Leadershipp. 65
The Leader of Dancersp. 67
The Humbled Miriamp. 69
The Choreography of Miriamp. 72
Reflection and Discussion Questionsp. 74
Chapter 5 The Leader as Choreographerp. 75
Dancing the Visionp. 78
Developing Dance Routinesp. 80
Showing the Significance of the Stepsp. 82
Freeing People to Dancep. 86
The Choreography of Leadershipp. 89
Reflection and Discussion Questionsp. 92
The Leader as Weaver
Chapter 6 Deborah--The Relational Leaderp. 95
A Woman of Firep. 95
A Leader in Touch with Her Peoplep. 97
A Leader Who Understands the Issuesp. 98
A Leader Who Partnersp. 100
A Leader Who Praisesp. 102
The Strategic Weaverp. 103
Reflection and Discussion Questionsp. 105
Chapter 7 The Leader as Weaverp. 107
Patterns of Weavingp. 108
Creating Space for a Vision to Developp. 110
Helping People Believe They Can Achieve the Visionp. 112
Developing a Strategyp. 112
Praising Progressp. 113
Connecting People and Tasksp. 114
Willing to Weavep. 116
Reflection and Discussion Questionsp. 118
The Leader as Intercessor
Chapter 8 Esther--The Leader Who Intercededp. 121
Being in the Right Placep. 122
Being Open to the Needp. 124
Understanding God's Timingp. 126
Taking Actionp. 129
The Power of the Intercessorp. 131
Reflection and Discussion Questionsp. 132
Chapter 9 The Leader as Intercessorp. 133
Called into the Gapp. 134
Listening to the Peoplep. 137
Making the Connectionp. 138
Making the Translationp. 139
Working to Help People Gain Their Own Voicep. 140
Placed to Intercedep. 142
Reflection and Discussion Questionsp. 144
Chapter 10 From Image to Impactp. 145
Identifying Your Leadership Imagep. 148
A New Generation of Leadersp. 150
Reflection and Discussion Questionsp. 151
Endnotesp. 152
Bibliographyp. 156
About the Authorp. 159