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The Heartbeat of Leadership

Recorded February 22, 2018

Webinar Description:

How does your heart beat in strength of your leadership? There are two sides of leadership: (1) professional leadership, which includes the “hard” skills and abilities of tasks, management, and technical abilities, and (2) personal leadership, known as the “soft” skills of leadership. These unseen attributes, motivations, and life skills have profound influence upon professional leadership.

Professional leadership can only go as far as personal leadership allows.

This overview of the inner side of leadership brings intentionality for integration of spiritual direction in 21st century leaders. Two resource books will provide wisdom and direction for the conversation: Peter Koestenbaum’s Diamond Leadership model in his book, Inner Side of Greatness, and Gil Stafford’s book, When Spiritual Direction and Leadership Meet.


Rev. Dr. Brenda Buckwell

As founder of Living Streams Flowing Water online and onsite Spiritual Formation ministry (, Brenda is one who seeks earnestly to experience God’s presence. Her great desire is to companion others as we share God’s prayer and deepen awareness of God amid personal life and within community.

Brenda is an ordained elder within the United Methodist tradition, a UM Endorsed spiritual director and coach, and has her ICF (International Coaching Federation) certification for spiritual coaching ( Brenda has a deep passion for spiritual formation within the church and for clergy.

With an online teaching certification, she is adjunct at Ashland Theological Seminary, teaches for GBHEM UMC Cyber Campus, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, The Reuben Job Institute for Spiritual Formation, and CenterQuest, an international ecumenical spiritual direction training center.  

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Brenda graduated with a BA from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, Masters of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology and received her Doctorate in Theology and Leadership from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

In addition to spiritual direction two of Brenda’s favorite spiritual disciplines are swimming and ballroom dancing. The delight of her life is her grandchildren for whom she strives to be Amma. Brenda is the author of The Advent of God’s Word, an advent daily devotional and retreat book.


This webinar is sponsored in part by the Grant V. Graver Lecture Fund at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. This fund was established in 1987 by the Administrative Board of Grace Church in Naperville, Illinois to honor their retired former pastor, Grant V. Graver. This lectureship endows public lectures by distinguished theologians or church leaders at Garrett-Evangelical.