We know that the Church provides a lot of training. But I was wondering “what if” and the “what if” was “what if leadership training was provided?”

Now, I realize that there are a lot of different trainers and theories and such out there, but at least one general authority (now emeritus) used to provide that type of training.  So I picked up a copy of V. Dallas Merrell‘s book (Leading, Global Principles for Leaders) and read it.

I found the following interesting:

“Cardinal Francis Stafford heads the Pontifical Counsel for the Laity at the Vatican.  It is his responsibility to keep near to the church those who are joining together in interests and devotions that could potentially splinter the church further.

The cardinal’s immense challenge … is to lead within the context of internationally felt needs for alternatives to the church’s traditional program, while at the same time being loyal to his hierarchical institution even though his unique mission is not well understood by his peers in the priesthood.”

Pages 31 to 32

That got me wondering just what such a counsel would look like in the LDS Church.

We know what looked like in the Catholic Church (thanks to wikipedia):

The Pontifical Council for the Laity was a unit of the Roman CatholicCuria from 1967 to 2016. It had the responsibility of assisting the Pope in his dealings with the laity in lay ecclesial movements or individually, and their contributions to the Church. Its last Cardinal President from 4 October 2003 to 31 August 2016 was Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko. Its undersecretary from 1967 to 1976 was Professor Rosemary Goldie, the first woman to be the Undersecretary of a Pontifical Council and the highest-ranking woman in the Roman Curia at the time. Another layman, Professor Guzman Carriquiry Lecour, was undersecretary from 1991 to 2011.

The Pontifical Council for the Laity had its foundation in Vatican II‘s Decree on the Lay Apostolate. The council was created in January 1967 by Pope Paul VI‘s motu proprioCatholicam Christi Ecclesiam. In December 1976, the council was included as a permanent fixture of the Roman Curia. Its functions were shifted to the new Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life on 1 September 2016.[1]

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I know, I’m sidetracked from leadership training in general to a specific that Elder Merrell thought was essential for the health of an organization.

As he said:

This interaction of diverse interests creates a flow of adjustment, of marginal and incremental change. Cooperation within our diversity is the sum product of powerful, caring leadership.  The alternative is withdrawal, divisiveness, protests, and chaos.

So, questions:

  1. What would leadership training look like to you (not training for the leaders, but training on how to be leaders)?
  2. Can you see something like the Pontifical Council for the Laity for  the LDS Church?  If so, how would it differ, how would it be similar?
  3. Do you think we need an interaction of diverse interests as the sum of powerful, caring interests or is that just management speak?
  4. How do such things play into whether a group grows or shrinks, whether it succeeds or fails?
  5. If President Monson called for leadership training, what do you think he would focus on and who do you think he would call?
  6. What training would you like for yourself?  For your leaders?