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Latter-day Saint (Mormon) Leadership Best Practices

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Latter-day Saint (Mormon) Leadership Best Practices






From Baptist Preacher to Latter-day Saint | An Interview with Gary Miller

Gary Miller hosts the Narrow Gate Podcast, "what happens when a hellfire preaching Independent Fundamental Baptist discovers the Book of Mormon and becomes a Latter-day Saint." A former preacher/pastor, he served in the military and studied at Liberty Theological Seminary and Graduate School. He works in sales and marketing. Highlights 5:00 Gary's pathway to conversion from a Baptist preacher to a Latter-day Saint 8:10 Always interested in hearing things out 14:25 Discovering additional...


Problem Solving Together to Lift and Improve | An Interview with Norman Hill

Norm Hill worked for Exxon Mobile for 25 years and then for Reliant Energy as the vice president of Human Resources. He served as the mission president of the Ghana Accra Mission, temporarily including the Sierra Leone Freetown Mission, and is the author of What They Don't Teach You at the MTC. Highlights 6:00 Getting from an application to an idea; example of identifying competencies from Preach My Gospel and creating a self-assessment and training program for missionaries; example of...


Leading Saints in 2021

In this solo podcast, Kurt talks about the history and purposes of Leading Saints, answers questions, and shares where we are going from here. Highlights 01:30 Remembering David Farnsworth 04:30 How Leading Saints came to be 09:00 What Leading Saints seeks to do: Four Pillars of Leading Saints 10:00 Connect leaders 10:50 Enhance leadership ability through learning opportunities 12:25 Present leadership scholarship, connecting leaders to experts and scholars 13:30 Celebrate divine guidance...


Taking Youth Engagement From Life-Less to Life-Changing During the Pandemic | An Interview with Jeff Harbach

Jeff Harbach is the CEO of Kaufmann Fellows, an organization helping venture capitalists focus on becoming better versions of themselves. He serves as a bishop in Austin, Texas, Highlights 8:00 The overlap between work and church service 10:00 Leading in uncertain times: Why are we doing what we do? Gathering Israel and helping individuals along the covenant path. 11:30 The brain handles bad news better than it handles uncertainty. Uncertainty and fear come from the adversary. The Savior is...


How I Lead as Sunday School President | Interviews with James Grandon and Greg Nalder

Serving as a Sunday School President during a time of change and a pandemic can be challenging. In this podcast, Kurt speaks with two leaders who have sought to implement different strategies that might push Sunday School teachers and students in ways that make gospel learning more powerful. James Grandon James Grandon has been an elementary school principal in Missouri for over 25 years and holds a master’s degree in education and educational leadership. He currently serves as a bishop, and...


Why Wards Struggle with Zoom Church & How Leaders Can Fix It | An Interview with Dan Duckworth

Dan Duckworth is a changemaker, teacher, and community-builder. He founded Crux Central to facilitate his mission to make deep change accessible to the masses—not just to executives. He writes and podcasts at danduckworth.net and hosts high-intensity leadership workshops at cruxcentral.com. He’s also a member of the Leading Saints Board of Directors. Highlights 7:30 The struggle with virtual church: Dan’s experience as a youth Sunday School teacher moving to once-a-month teaching...


The Promises We Make as Leaders | An Interview with Jason Hewlett

Jason Hewlett is a speaker, performer, and entertainer. In 2020 he added “bestselling author” and “virtual entertainer” to his repertoire. Jason has served as an elders quorum president and currently serves on the high council in his stake. He is also a husband, and a father to four children. Highlights 5:00 Introduction 7:45 Advice to leaders handling virtual events 10:55 Instruct people attending meetings to turn on their camera Warm up with a question in chat 14:15 Jason’s experience...


When Leading with Others Results in Conflict | An Interview with Chad Ford

Chad Ford is best known as an analyst and entrepreneur covering the NBA and NBA Draft for ESPN. His primary work, however, is as a peacebringer, an international conflict mediator, college professor, and director of the David O. McKay Center for Intercultural Understanding at BYU-Hawaii. In this interview, Chad discusses the concepts in his book Dangerous Love: Transforming Fear and Conflict at Home, at Work, and in the World, and how they apply to church leadership. Highlights 4:00 Chad’s...


Creating Ward Unity Through Story | An Interview with KaRyn Lay

KaRyn Lay produces LDS Living's This is the Gospel podcast and the Sunday on Monday study group, and hosts and writes the This is the Gospel segments. KaRyn has a degree in English Literature and a masters in Communication with an emphasis in film, and loves storytelling and the power of story. She has served in Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society presidencies. Highlights 5:15 KaRyn’s background and path to podcasts with LDS Living 7:30 Careful with the wording in the introduction to...


Experiencing God Through the Scriptures | An Interview with Jared Halverson

Brother Jared Halverson has been an institute teacher at the University of Utah for the past six years. He hails originally from Los Angeles. His YouTube channel and podcast, “Unshaken,” helps people study the scriptures. He and Sister Halverson are former residents of Tennessee where Brother Halverson studied in the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University, where he is now a PhD candidate in Historical Studies with a focus on American religious history. While attending Vanderbilt, he...


Leader Expectation Pain | An Interview with Jody Moore

Jody Moore is a master certified life coach, well known as the host of the Better Than Happy podcast and for her live events and online coaching program, Be Bold. She also has a BA in Communications and an MA in Adult Education along with 15 years of experience as a corporate trainer and leadership coach. Jody and her husband live in Spokane, Washington, and are the parents of four children. Highlights 9:00 We hear counsel or advice and immediately see where others could use it. 11:10 We...


Leading Saints Live in Idaho with Professor Jason Hunt

See all the details and register to attend in-person or online at LeadingSaints.org/hunt Listen to Jason's original episode HERE.


Vulnerability is the Key to Uniting a Quorum | An Interview with Michael Brody-Waite

At the age of 23, Michael Brody-Waite was a full-blown drug addict. Today, Michael is an acclaimed speaker, Inc. 500 entrepreneur, award-winning, three-time CEO, a leadership coach, and an author. He is on a mission to teach individuals, organizations, and communities how to how to be vulnerable, surrender the mask, and do uncomfortable work. In this podcast, he shares the leadership principles he learned through addiction recovery, which he speaks and details in his book, Great Leaders Live...


How Can We Bless the Members Through the Leadership We Provide? | An Interview with Dave Ulrich

Dave Ulrich is a professor at the University of Michigan and a partner at The RBL Group, a consulting firm. He studies and writes about how organizations build and use human resources, and has published over 30 books on leadership, organization, and human resources. He researches and consults with organizations around the world and has been called the “father of modern HR”. Dave is married to Wendy Ulrich. They co-authored the Wall Street Journal #1 business bestseller, The Why of Work: How...


How to Keep Your Ward Looking Forward, Not Backward | An Interview with Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson grew up in South Florida, studied aerospace engineering, and attended the Naval Academy. He served in the first Gulf War and then attended Harvard Business School, where he studied with Clayton Christensen. Together they started a strategy and innovation consulting firm, Innosight, and Clayton was instrumental in Mark's conversion. Mark is married to journalist and author Jane Clayson Johnson, a former guest on the podcast. He is the author of several books, including Lead from...


How I Lead as Stake Communication Director | Interviews with Linda & Joe Musso, Rick McGee, and Deanna Carpenter

Public Affairs is now the Global Communication Network, but while the callings have changed titles, their charge to bring the Church "out of obscurity" continues. Stake communication directors, assistants, councils, and specialists around the world serve in their communities and help people better understand who we are and what we believe, building relationships with government, faith leaders, and other community organizations. Linda and Joe Musso Linda Musso serves in Pueblo, Colorado as...


4 Reasons Why Bishops Should Be Meeting with Youth | An Interview with Jennifer Roach

Jennifer Roach earned a Masters of Divinity from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and a Masters of Counseling from Argosy University. She was an ordained Anglican Pastor prior to her baptism 18 months ago in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Highlights 4:20 Introduction to Jennifer. Spoke about bishops interviews at FairMormon conference. Recent interview on Latter-Day Lives. 5:43 How she was introduced to the Book of Mormon through a reporter who was covering a...


Supporting Victims of Sexual Assault | An Interview with the Staff of The Refuge

The Refuge is an advocacy group for sexual assault victims located in Orem, Utah. In this episode, Kurt discusses with Lori Jenkins, Stephanie Heaps and Bethany Crisp about how we as leaders can recognize and help sexual assault victims. Highlights 3:30 What is the Refuge? 6:15 In Utah sexual assault is the one crime that we're above the national average. 9:15 When you first hear about sexual abuse start by believing the victim. 11:15 Remember what your role is: to connect them to Christ....


How to Talk to Your Ward About Sexual Abuse | An Interview with Chris Yadon

Chris Yadon is the executive Director of the Younique Foundation in Lehi, Utah, and a former stake president. Their mission is to "inspire hope in women who were sexually abused as children or adolescents by providing healing services through educational retreats, support groups, and online resources. [They] educate and empower parents and caregivers to protect children from sexual abuse through community and online resources. [They also] advocate for open discussions about sexual abuse...


Ethical Dilemmas in Church Leadership | An Interview with Brad Agle

Brad Agle, the author of The Business Ethics Field Guide, is a professor of Ethics and Leadership in the Marriott School of Business Management at BYU and has also taught at the University of Pittsburgh. In this podcast, he discusses how ethical dilemmas can come up in the church setting and how to better approach them. Highlights 05:31 GRAY AREAS Ethical gray areas come when values conflict. He teaches practical tools for prioritizing. 06:46 His well-received book, The Business Ethics Field...