December 11, 2014 | Kacey Chambers |
Written By: Dr. Steve D. Whitaker, Head of School
“Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.” Psalm 139:14 (NLT)
Can introverts be leaders? I believe the answer is unequivocally yes. I reached that conclusion because I believe our Creator intentionally designed us to complement one another and expand the creativity of His Kingdom.
Adam S. McHugh is an introverted leader. In his book, Introverts in the Church, he urges readers to appreciate themselves and others for who God designed them to be. In a society geared toward the loud, fast-paced extrovert, he suggests that the equally valuable, more introverted individual gets ignored or discredited.
One of the lines in our TFA mission statement indicates that we desire to train Christian leaders . . . who choose participation as a way of life. However, participation can come in many different forms. One of the benefits of a school like ours is the ability to engage students with different learning styles and personalities in a safe environment.
Whether you consider your child (or yourself) to be an introvert or an extrovert, I think there are three helpful insights from McHugh that we can apply as parents, students, and teachers at The First Academy.
As parents, our primary task is to cultivate and encourage our students to fully understand who they are in Christ. Next we want to help our introverted leaders find pathways of expression for the talents and abilities God has given them. For more information on bolstering the work of the introverted leader, read Adam McHugh’s book and visit the blog of Jennifer Kahnweiler.
Steve Whitaker, Ph. D.
Head of School