The curriculum of the Leadership Program is rooted in ELO’s unique “Meaning-Driven Leadership.” The five aspects of this approach have been developed with the input of Christian marketplace and entrepreneurial leaders in our leadership programs and via interaction with instructors from Oxford and Harvard. During the Leadership Program, one day will be allocated to each of the five aspects of Meaning-Driven Leadership.
1. Self Leadership
Everything starts with and is driven by self leadership. If a leader is not clear on their own meaning and values, then everything will crumble from within. We focus on being “meaning driven” and being clear on one’s calling. We discuss spiritual disciplines to sustain and build on calling on an ongoing basis and how to flourish in all domains of one’s life.
2. Entrepreneurial Leadership
In order to achieve maximum impact and to steward resources well, we focus on the combination of entrepreneurship and leadership. Innovation is at the heart of entrepreneurship—doing something new, unique and different. Not all entrepreneurs are leaders and not all leaders are entrepreneurs. We want to change that.
3. Company Leadership
We examine leadership in the role as a founder, owner, operator of a business. In some cases, it may be a family business. We review the importance of setting the culture, developing the team and leading a company, where you are the sole or majority owner.
4. Organizational Leadership
There will be many instances where the leadership role varies. You could be a minority shareholder in a commercial undertaking. You could be on the board of your church. You might be on the board of a non-profit organization. We look at the role of board leadership in those various contexts and how to have an impact.
5. Societal Leadership
There is a fundamental divide for many Christian leaders: is their faith private or public? Will they stand up and stand up? Will they take on the burden of absorbing criticism for their beliefs? Will they engage in “the public square?” We explain how and why they should.