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6.1 Devotion. Leader Discouragement – Reviewing Nehemiah’s Strategies

Getting Started

Nehemiah found that rebuilding the Jerusalem wall was far more difficult and complicated than he expected or imagined. More than the hard labor required, the pervasive discouragement greatly hampered the project. However, Nehemiah did not allow all of that discouragement to undermine the original goal! He exhibited good leadership skills and faced the challenges with resilience (Swindoll, 2006). You can read more about this by finishing the remainder of 
Nehemiah Chapter 4(new tab)

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The chart below outlines the five strategies that Nehemiah used to deal with the widespread discouragement among the wall builders. He used these strategies to refocus the attention of the people away from the sources of their fear, anxiety and discouragement and toward the goal that God had called them to complete. What obstacles do you face that are preventing you from accomplishing your goals? One strategy in the chart below is to “direct attention to the Lord.” How do we do that? Quite simply, we call to mind the things that the Lord has said (Swindoll, 2006). Here are a couple of examples:

Isaiah 26:3-4(new tab)

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.

Philippians 4:6-7(new tab)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Upon successful completion of this assignment, you will be able to:

· Integrate biblical perspectives for promoting holistic well-being in organizational members.
· Background Information

Instructions

1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
2. Review the information in the Getting Started section. 
3. Write a half to one-page reflection paper (Word document) that builds and outlines strategies that will serve you well in dealing with discouragement. Incorporate Scripture verses or passages of your choosing that support the strategies that you have chosen.
4. Reflection papers are to be written in accordance with 
APA Guidelines (7th ed.)(new tab)

 including format guidelines. Papers must be logical, well organized, grammatically correct, and have correct spelling and sentence structure.  Write in complete paragraphs. 

6.2 Discussion: Synthesis and Reflection

Getting Started

Research strongly supports the idea that much learning occurs when we devote time to reflecting upon our learning. Too often, leaders find it challenging to set aside time to reflect since it appears to many to be “down time.” In this final discussion forum, we will take time to reflect and to synthesize our learning into practical ways that will enhance our leadership skills and abilities moving forward.
Author Ines Wichert (2018) in HR Magazine wrote:
Reflective learning provides us with several benefits:
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· Learning faster and getting up to speed in new situations more quickly
· Not making the same mistake twice
· Being ready to deal with unfamiliar circumstances by recognizing connections between seemingly unrelated situations
· Questioning our assumptions and making better decisions.
When we are practiced enough at reflection we can start to reflect in the moment as a situation unfolds, making us more aware of our own and other people’s actions, feelings and assumptions. Furthermore, if we are taking a reflective learning approach with our teams, we move from simply trying to fix problems and possibly attributing blame for things that went wrong, to creating joint insights and learning. Finally, as active reflectors, we act as role models for our teams who will benefit from this skill too, and in turn become more effective and faster learners. The ultimate benefit of reflective learning in a world driven by speed is acceleration: by slowing down and actively reflecting on past events we maximize learning and accelerate our own development and effectiveness as leaders.
References
Wichert, I. (2018, July 23). The role of reflection in leadership success. HRMagazine.co.uk. 
https://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/content/features/the-role-of-reflection-in-leadership-success(new tab)

Upon successful completion of this discussion, you will be able to:

· Explain a variety of individual differences, including personality and motivation, and their potential strengths and opportunities for leaders and followers.
· Evaluate self-concept, including components such as identity, emotional intelligence, and self-efficacy, and their relationship to human performance in organizations.
· Explain dimensions and processes of collective identity, including elements such as organizational identity, social learning, and shared leadership, and their relationship to human performance in organizations.
· Describe strategies for enhancing psychological capital and resilience among both leaders and followers.
· Integrate biblical perspectives for promoting holistic well-being in organizational members.

Background Information

For more information on the value of reflection for leaders, read the article 
The Role of Reflection in Leadership Success(new tab)

Instructions

1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
2. Review the information in the Getting Started section.
3. Listen to the 30-minute podcast with Fred Luthans: 
Can you unleash your inner hero?(new tab)

4. Review all workshop course materials, as needed.
5. Consider all that you have learned over the past six weeks of this course. Frame your initial post of 250-300 words no later than Day Four around the following thought-starter questions:
a. Reflect on the two or three concepts that most resonated with you or most impacted your understanding of leadership.
b. Comment on how and why these concepts and ideas influenced you.
c. Link these concepts to practical applications in your own experiences, either as leader or follower. 

6.3 Assignment. Key Project – Creating a Podcast

Getting Started

Podcasts originated in 2004, when MTV VJ Adam Curry and software developer Dave Winer distributed their shows Daily Source Code and Morning Coffee Notes via RSS feed. The most popular podcast to date, Serial, has been downloaded 340 million times! Clearly, people are talking…and people are listening (Sternbergh, 2019). Podcasts offer information, but often go beyond that to engage listeners in ways that allow us to connect with one another. Podcasts are fairly easy and inexpensive to produce, and they cater to the podcasters’ personal interests (Sternbergh, 2019). Since by virtue of being enrolled in the BSOL program, it is evident that you are interested in organizational leadership, the key project for this course is to create your own podcast! Are you ready to get creative?

Upon successful completion of this assignment, you will be able to:

· Create a podcast that explores the key themes of the psychology of leadership.

Instructions

1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
2. For this course project, create your very own Podcast to discuss one or more aspects of the psychology of leadership. Your podcast should last from 10–15 minutes. All of the new and developing tools in your toolkit that you have gained from this course may be considered for use in your presentation. Here are some topics that may be helpful as you consider themes for your podcast (but you are not limited to these topics):
a. Toxic leadership
b. Psychological safety
c. Social influence
d. Personality influences on leader behaviors
e. Human performance and motivation
3. Consult the 
Podcasting for Beginners(new tab)

 website for ideas on how to set up and record your podcast. Do your best to make your podcast as interesting and appealing as possible. You may record it with or without a guest(s). It is also permissible for you to work with a fellow classmate (limit of one partner) to create a single podcast that you both may submit as your completed assignment.
4. Here are recommended options you can consider when recording and submitting the podcast. However, feel free to use your own method.
a. If you are creating a podcast by yourself, use the “Record Audio” button in the Assignment submission page. When you’ve completed your recording, choose the “Add” button to enter the title and brief description.
b. If you are creating a podcast with someone else, use 
Zoom(new tab)

 to record your conversation. You may download the recorded audio file (for instructions, refer to 
How to Locate Recordings Made in Zoom(new tab)

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