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Siburt Institute for Church Ministry e-News: June 2016

Gratitude as a Leadership Practice

I’ve been reading a new book on interpersonal communication.  I found it surprising that the authors, Quentin Schultze and Diane Badzinski, begin the book with a chapter on gratitude. Why gratitude?  Schultze and Badzinski argue that communication emerges out of our character, and our character is forged by our attitude toward God and others. So they suggest that learning gratitude – being grateful for even the most ordinary things – opens us to the grace of God and the goodness of others.

Who knew that a good prayer lifemight actually enable me to be a better communicator!

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