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Author Archives: Mary Meadows

Myths of Personality and Leadership

Our lives are profoundly shaped by personality. It is the driving force behind our habits, social interactions, and inner psychology. Merriam-Webster defines personality as “the complex characteristics that distinguishes an individual or a nation or a group; especially: the totality of an individual’s behavioral and emotional characteristics.” Personality defines us emotionally, psychologically, and even physically. Personality is “reflected in our ...

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How to Set SMARTER Goals for the New Year

It’s that time of year again. A time when many of your friends and family talk about the resolutions they’ve made for the new year. According to some estimates, more than 40 percent of Americans set New Year’s Resolutions. That’s roughly 130 million people setting goals! Perhaps you’ve made some resolutions yourself. Maybe there’s some weight you want to lose, ...

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The Leadership Conversation: What does Communion with God Look Like?

“Communion with God” is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot in Christian circles. This idea has a tendency to sound super spiritual, but it can be hard to conceptualize. In this Leadership Conversation, Israel Steinmetz and Amber Riggs (co-directors of Artios Christian College) sit down to answer the question: what does communion with God actually look like? Israel ...

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The Leadership Conversation: Why Should We Study Culture?

Culture is complex. Not only does the term encompass everything that makes up a unique society, but culture is constantly changing and evolving. In the previous Artios Leadership Conversation, Israel Steinmetz and Amber Mann Riggs (co-directors of Artios Christian College) established that, as Christians, we should care about our culture. Whether we like to admit it or not, culture shapes us ...

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The Leadership Conversation: Positional vs Relational Leadership

What kind of individual do you picture when you hear the word “leader”? Do you think of well-dressed men and women in a corporate board room? Perhaps instead you picture a pastor speaking to thousands of people at a mega-church, or even a missionary trekking through the jungles of the Amazon to reach a remote native tribe? While there are ...

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The Leadership Conversation: What is a Leader?

Do you identify as a leader? If you had asked me this question three years ago I would have called you crazy. I am an extreme introvert. As a result, the thought of being a leader—of telling people what to do or making decisions for a group—made me want to retreat to my quiet corner of the world and hide ...

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