Can Balance and Truth Exist Together?

“Balance is an offense to the truth.”  That was the closing line of a column written by a political science professor at Gettysburg College.  She was explaining her inability to provide a balanced discourse in her classroom during the current presidential campaign because, in her view, one of the candidates was so disqualified as to […]

The Skills Your Child Needs For Future Success {Are They Getting Them?}

I recently came across an article from the World Economic Forum where they identified skills that are valued in the 21st century workforce. (Specific definitions of each of these 16 identified skills are listed in Appendix 1 in the linked article.)  The foundational literacies are the traditional core skills (reading, writing, and arithmetic) with an […]

What Does Christian Leadership Need? Start With GRIT!

In the 1969 movie True Grit, Mattie, on a mission of “justice” to avenge her father’s death, recruits an ornery, one-eyed federal marshal named Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne) because he has “true grit” – a reputation for the ability to get the job done.  In the end (spoiler alert), they get their man with Mattie […]

Is There A Lesson To Be Learned From The Royals World Series Championship Team?

As my turn to write a blog post is once again upon me, I have to be honest. I have been obsessed for the past month with Blue October, the mysterious malady that has infected all of Kansas City unlike anything in the last 30 years. The entire city, myself included, has been obsessed with […]

Humility. Is It Necessary For A Leader?

Humility. For centuries, our culture has acknowledged it as a very important and admired virtue. However, that was not always the case. Ancient Roman and Greek culture did not consider Humility to be a virtue at all. Their cultures valued Honor above all other virtues and Honor required that individuals extol their personal achievements and […]

Leadership Redefined

I was recently reading a review of a new book, Redefining Leadership,  from Joseph Stowell, current president of Cornerstone University.  In it, reviewer Steve Dill, Vice President for Academic Affairs with ACSI, notes that the fundamental organization of this book is a comparison of two leadership styles: outcome-driven leaders and  character-driven leaders.  Dill goes on […]

The Next Generation: Developing Christian Leadership

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning […]