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Sense of Self: Personal Foundation 3 of Sustainable Leadership 14004

This fact sheet examines the importance of a Christian leader's 'sense of self' and the relationship with sustainable leadership. This is the third of six Personal Foundations of Sustainable Leadership outlined by NCLS Research. The first 3 can be grouped under the heading 'Who we are' - qualities that are close to our very identity. Results from the 2011 National Church Life Survey (NCLS) for church leaders who completed the Leader Survey show that those with a strong sense of self are more likely to be thriving in ministry rather than burning out. NCLS Research has conducted extensive research into sustainable leadership - avoiding burnout and moving from surviving to thriving in ministry. Most church leaders face many challenges in ministry and also experience many encouragements. Numerous factors need to be taken into account to understand why some leaders struggle while others manage well. Some factors may be difficult or even impossible to change. The Personal Foundations are areas where change can occur - where a leader can examine their own identity, priorities, practices, and relationships and consider what could be different and how positive results could flow.

Author/s: Sterland, S., Powell, R.

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Powell, R., (2011) [computer file], 2011 NCLS Leader Survey. Sydney, Australia: NCLS Research. Sterland, S. (2014) Sense of Self: Personal Foundation 3, Factsheet 1.14004. Sydney: NCLS Research.

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