How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You Are Going

How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You Are Going: Leading in a Liminal Season. 

By Susan Beaumont


“How do you lead an organization stuck between an ending and a new beginning—when the old way of doing things no longer works but a way forward is not yet clear? Beaumont calls such in-between times liminal seasons—threshold times when the continuity of tradition disintegrates and uncertainty about the future fuels doubt and chaos. In a liminal season it simply is not helpful to pretend we understand what needs to happen next. But leaders can still lead. How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going is a practical book of hope for tired and weary leaders who risk defining this era of ministry in terms of failure or loss. It helps leaders stand firm in a disoriented state, learning from their mistakes and leading despite the confusion. Packed with rich stories and real-world examples, Beaumont guides the reader through practices that connect the soul of the leader with the soul of the institution.” (’t-Know-Where-You’re-Going-Leading-in-a-Liminal-Season)


Review: I found Susan Beaumont’s book full of helpful ideas for leading in a time of change. It helped our unified board talk about the challenges we are facing while also giving us hope and a way to move forward together.  It has been a gift that keeps on giving through the Covid-19 pandemic.  I would highly recommend this book to clergy and board members.  Rev. Rebecca Craver