I wrote a first post, inspired by this Ted Talk given by Debra Jarvis, a chaplain, about the importance of defining your meaning and claiming your experience. In this post, I tackle a second message that resonated with me in her speech; one that pertains to leadership, especially in challenging times.
How do you define your job?
As a leader, of course, one must define the organization’s vision. But, in terms of day-to-day exemplarity and management, how is a leader to define his or her role and purpose? Here’s where Debra Jarvis’ speech sparked a light switch with me. With a little marketing zest, she referred to the three C’s of a chaplain’s job (and, for once, these 3C’s don’t include the word content!):
- Confront or Challenge (when necessary)
For a chaplain, comfort was quite anticipated. The clarify mission was a little less intuitive. While she didn’t elaborate so much about clarification, one can assume it is about helping to answer difficult questions. Then the “confront” assignment was even more unexpected for a chaplain. As Jarvis qualified it, confronting and/or challenging her parishioners is only “when necessary.” (more…)