Intercultural Leadership for Generational Impact

Session 1

A Leader's Passion

Session length : 19 minutes 7 seconds

A Leader's Passion

In this introduction to this nine-session intercultural leadership course, you will learn about the traits that make a leader successful when engaging with leaders from other countries for a shared vision. Discussions with global leaders share the elements of successful intercultural development in order to have a positive impact and make the world a better place for kids living in poverty.

Learning Objectives

You will explore the process of vision formation to see that the question is not, “Is the vision good?” but instead, “Whose vision is it?”
You will learn that people must be agents of their own growth. Rather than seeing others as “needy,” you will recognize that their participation is vital to achieving transformation.
You will study the structure of partnership and learn that it requires skilled intentionality to succeed.
You will recognize that any major social change requires generational change, which mandates participation and ownership by the next generation.
You will reflect on the issues of injustice and discover how the fundamental principle of dignity is the key to uprooting injustice.
You will study the discipline of systematic listening and embrace the importance of ensuring that the voice of those you serve must be amplified and influential.
Finally, you will learn about the Five Signs of a Generational Church and how this model encapsulates much of the knowledge and principles described here so that churches may be mobilized and equipped for positive cross-generational impact.

Key Takeaways

  • Leadership is fueled by passion, conveyed by communication, and operationalized through strategy, planning, and implementation.
  • Passion doesn't always look loud and animated; it’s more about carrying a deep fire that drives you.
  • Leadership is selfless; it's about serving; it’s rooted in a sincere passion to see others thrive.
  • Intercultural leadership is a bridge-building effort to ensure that all people have the freedom and opportunity to live into their God-given potential.
  • A good leader comes into a community, helps, and then gets out of the way to let the local leaders facilitate the vision because it’s their vision, their passion, and they must own it.
  • Intercultural leadership
  • Cross-cultural leadership
  • Empowerment
  • Mutuality
  • Reciprocity
  • Generational Impact
  • Shadow Mission
  • Five Signs of a Generational Church
  • Book of Jeremiah
  • Psalm 139:23-24
  • 1 Corinthians 13:13
  • As a leader, what are you passionate about, what drives you, and what is the object of your passion?
  • What is the driving force behind your desire to see change?
  • Do you truly, sincerely love those you want to serve?
  • “The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God,” by Dallas Willard


Scott C. Todd, Ph.D., is an author, scientist, speaker, and president for the Christian nonprofit OneChild, a global community of Child Champions that advocates for and provides holistic care to more than 40,000 children in 16 of the world’s poorest countries. As a speaker, Dr. Todd brings to audiences his global experience in relief and development, passion for helping children in hard places, and conviction that hope is essential for resilience and sustainable change. He is passionate about bringing hope to the hardest places, creating a global community of Child Champions, building a generational church, and attentively listening to kids to help them thrive.

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