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Leadership Library

Wildacres Leadership Initiative (WLI) and its flagship program the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations are dedicated to training and supporting leaders so North Carolina can meet its most pressing needs in an inclusive, civil, and transparent manner. To that end, a growing library of leadership materials is being shared on this web site and via the Friday Fellowship’s social media channels.

These articles, videos, blogs, and trainings are meant to open the doors of leadership development to all who wish to engage in civil discourse across our differences.  This collection is specifically curated in relation to the 2017-2019 Friday Fellowship curriculum.  If you follow this library over time, you will follow the course of the fellowship.

While social media makes some of these tools more accessible, it is also our hope that the model of using social media as a teaching tool and civil platform for engagement can begin to move online and in-person relationships to an ever more productive and fruitful sphere.

You are encouraged to review and share our previous posts on Twitter and Facebook as we began curating leadership development materials in July 2017.

Linked below are some of those materials with a more complete description of how an item fits into larger leadership development training and community goals of WLI and the Friday Fellowship. More materials will be added to this page, but keep up on social media for the latest Leadership Library links.


The Cherokee Word for Water

The Cherokee Word for Water is a recommended film for the first seminar of the 2017-2019 Friday Fellowship class. It is based on the true story of a 1980s rural community coming together to solve a seemingly insurmountable problem that threatened the heart of the community.

When nothing had worked before, disillusioned people came together and made a difference. "My hope is...people seeing the film will say...if they can do it, we can do that." -- Wilma Mankiller

This first link provides background from participants in the film and those from the community where the story is based.

This second link is the trailer for the film.

This third link is the web site for the film.

Community: The Structure of Belonging

Peter Block is the author of "Community: The Structure of Belonging" a book on the reading list for the first seminar of the 2017-2019 Friday Fellowship.  In this series of YouTube clips, Block is interviewed about the 2008 book and his revised thinking about communities.  It is notable that the timing of this interview was with a local government group close to the height of the Great Recession.

 Peter Block Interview Part 1

 Peter Block Interview Part 2

 Peter Block Interview Part 3

James Joseph International Leadership Association speech

Former US Ambassador to South Africa James Joseph is an Emeritus Professor at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy.  In 2012 he delivered the keynote speech at the International Leadership Association's conference.  His observations about the need for effective inspirational leaders and a new leadership culture are as prescient today as ever.

James Joseph speech 

Otto Scharmer on Listening

Otto Scharmer is a Lecturer at MIT, Tsinghua University, and co-founder of the Presencing Institute. In 2015, he co-founded the MITx u.lab, a massive open online course for leading profound change. He has delivered leadership development programs for corporate clients and is at the forefront of teaching change and leadership.

In this YouTube clip, Scharmer introduces listening as the key missing component of most failed leadership.

He goes on to describe different levels and types of listening.

Listening and re-learning how to listen is a key part of the Friday Fellowship and Friday Labs. Developing listening skills is a continuing task and necessary for better understanding, communication, and civility.

Otto Scharmer clip on Listening

Getting Started Locally with Abundant Community

John McKnight is a co-author and collaborator with Peter Block (referenced above). McKnight issued a call to action that included 4 questions for any community or any person that has a calling to bring people together for new possibilities in their lives and new action.

The series of posts and links on the Abundant Community web site are foundational questions and reflections to be seriously considered and before the (re)building of community. These posts are included in this library because of their vital importance to the building of trust and relationship upon which all sustainable action is founded.

Please read the "Getting Started" Links here.


More Resources and Links for your Leadership Journey
Item Name
Posted By
Date Posted
Radical Discipleship
Erin Wildermuth
Lifelong Faith Journal
Education Week
Solutions Journalism Network
Heart of the Art
Let's Grow Leaders
Harvard Business Review
Sayra Pinto
Harvard Business Review
Leadership Freak Blog
Peter Block and John McKnight

Wildacres Leadership Initiative is connected with Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC.