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No shortage of leadership training is available, whether for personal consumption or organizational presentations. It is unfortunate, however, that even with all of the great information out there, many leaders fall back into using control rather than leading their constituents. While Kouzes and Posner describe leadership as “a relationship between those who aspire to lead and those who chose to follow” (2011, p. 2), control exposes an aspiration to usurp the choice of followers. A leader is not afraid of a follower who disagrees; on the contrary, they expect independent thought within bounds and seek to empower their followers. A…


While I knew that this day would come, I did not know exactly when it would happen. After writing last year’s address to the final class of Bethany Christian School, little did I know that one year later I would pen my final remarks to all of my classes, as The Church Academy Class of 2018 is the last graduating class of my K12 teaching career.

On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, I submitted a signed and sealed letter to Pastor Mark Stermer, Pastor Fitzpatrick Pitts, and Dr. Blaine Thompson expressing my intention to not return to The Church Academy for…


A change in an organization’s vision does not automatically necessitate a change in the members of the organization, but it does require those individuals wholeheartedly come into alignment with the new vision. Leadership must take the necessary steps to provide the opportunity for all stakeholders to learn and accept the new vision while communicating the fact that those who are unable to accept the new vision will need to leave for the sake of both the organization and individual. …


Due to the “Great Flood of 2016”, the Baker Campus of Bethany Christian School was forced to close its doors permanently, relocating its elementary students to the South Campus of Bethany Christian School and its middle and high school students to Christian Life Academy.

During Senior Chapel on May 9, 2017, I was honored to address the final class of Bethany Christian School one last time. After several requests, I have decided to post the transcript of my speech online. …

Jesse Moland

Doctoral student | Writing about organizational leadership and issues in education uncovered as I research the digital divide | jessemoland.com

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