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Book Study: Tempered Resilience by Tod Bolsinger (Religion & Race)

GCORR Book Study Guide: For Small Groups & Individual Reflection

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Author Tod Bolsinger discusses a key characteristic all leaders must possess if they are to sustain great leadership – resilience. Bolsinger names the fact that leading is difficult and, often, it is crises that propel leaders into the act of leading. The author mentions failure of nerve and failure of heart as two primary conditions that prevent leaders from leading well specifically amid crisis and change. Bolsinger lays out a process for a leader forming resilience within themselves and the practice of leadership – recognizing the crises present in leading change, formation in the act of leading, self-reflection, relational security, handling stress well, practicing the act of leading, and engaging rhythms of leading and not leading.

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How To Use This Study

This book study guide follows the structure of the book:

  • Session 1: Introduction & Crises of Leading Change
  • Session 2: Resilience
  • Session 3: Working
  • Session 4: Heating
  • Session 5: Holding
  • Session 6: Hammering
  • Session 7: Hewing
  • Session 8: Tempering & Epilogue

Sessions may be completed each week for an 8-week study or may be completed in four weeks by engaging two chapters each week. Each session opens with a prayer and scripture verse or opening quotation from the book.

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