“The challenge of this century is not whether we will face tough and complex choices, live in divided communities, or feel in ourselves and others a powerful fear about the survival of what we may consider the essence of our identities. It is how we will choose to be and lead in the midst of these realities. This book offers a brilliant overview of contemporary dynamics around our divisions—political, social, and religious—and, more importantly, illustrates concrete pathways for how to lead with care, clarity, and understanding while navigating this age of polarization. A more timely volume could not have landed on my desk.”
When the Center Does Not Hold: Leading in an Age of Polarization
Over the past forty years, congregations, businesses, other organizations, and communities across the United States have become increasingly divided along political and ideological lines.
In When the Center Does Not Hold, David R. Brubaker, with contributions by colleagues Everett Brubaker, Carolyn Yoder, and Teresa J. Haase, offers relevant, practical mentorship on navigating polarized environments. Through easily accessible stories, they provide tools and processes that will equip leaders to both manage themselves and effectively lead others in highly polarized and anxious systems.
Coaching includes guidance on key characteristics of effective leadership in times of polarization: refusing contempt, honoring dignity, broadening binaries, seeking first to understand, inviting disagreement, and staying connected.
With years of combined experience in the fields of conflict transformation and organizational and leadership studies, Brubaker and his colleagues offer hope. Here, readers learn from leaders and communities that continue to renew the covenants that bind them, courageously address deeper needs that drive conflict, and hold on to a moral center while navigating the storms of polarization.