How is world management completely different? Particular person talks with Dr. Rochelle Scheuermann on World Management and Wheaton … | The trade
Ed: What are some of the challenges for global leaders when dealing with different nations and cultures on their own? Some of the blessings?
Rochelle: In global spaces, leaders need to have the cultural skills to understand how cultural, social, and historical realities affect the way they communicate with each other. the way they think about leadership qualities and characteristics; and how they approach organization, conflict resolution, strategy development and implementation of goals.
In the past, we thought that countries are fairly monocultural and that reading a book about the culture we visit is enough. In today's globalized world, however, this is not enough. We need skills that cross multiple cultures and connect multiple locations at once, and that require a deeper understanding of leadership between cultures.
By addressing these considerations on a variety of topics, leaders control the challenges in multicultural, multigenerational, and multinational organizations and maximize the blessings of global connectivity, business, and perspective.
Ed: We're talking about the intersection of faith and leadership. Why do Chrisitans need to learn how to lean into such global spaces?
Rochelle: We are integrated beings, which means that our belief is not separate from what we do. I believe that belief in Christ underpins and permeates every aspect of our lives. In every area that I find myself in, whether in a belief-based environment or not, I want to follow the leadership out of the belief that my life and work have Kingdom Purpose. This is Christian thinking about leadership and the world around us.
We are not Chinese or German first. We are first Christians, but we are world Christians. So we need to know how to lead through God's world.
At Wheaton, we feel committed to the Christ-centered calling. The MA. in Global Leadership focuses on developing students' personal beliefs and leadership so that they as a whole can develop and lead others. Everything that students study is viewed through a Christian worldview. This is a unique focus that sets Wheaton apart from other programs.
Ed: Tell me more about your vision for this new program. Why an M.A. in global leadership as opposed to an M.A. in organizational management, for example?
Rochelle: Our focus on both the global and the spiritual distinguishes us from a traditional orienteering degree. We consistently close the gaps between the faith, the academy and the wider world in order to train qualified, mentally sound managers for international companies and non-profit organizations.
We address organizational leadership, but we believe it is important that "global" is an explicit part of this program. How do you develop different teams? How do you think about an organizational strategy with a global perspective? How do you innovate and communicate in different environments and between different cultures? How do you do all of this from a place of Christian faith and mission? These are the things that are covered in this program.
In the case of our new M.A. our goal is to help current leaders on the global market and in nonprofit organizations improve their leadership levels both practically and spiritually. It doesn't matter if you're just starting out or you're the CEO. This program will develop you spiritually and practically so that you can develop others, work with different teams and lead innovations and changes.
Ed: As someone specializing in mission, culture, and contextualization, how do you see the impact of global leasing skills elsewhere?
Rochelle: Global leadership qualities will expand the influence of people not only as leaders, but also as leaders who work from a Christian perspective. This requires a number of key competencies – communication, personal and team development, innovation and organizational change, research, and leadership theory and principles. That applies to everyone who decides to lead globally, I think.
In our program, the students find that theology is a central basis of the entire curriculum. The best Christian leaders in the world spend time thinking about the gospel and what it means to participate in God's mission in their own environment. So our students focus on their mental health and growth. And the students learn to accept their personal calling and leadership as part of the Christian faith and mission.
Ed: How do students take the M.A. in global leadership program?
Rochelle: The process is pretty straightforward. You don't have to move. You don't have to quit your job. All classes are in flexible modes so you can stay engaged and learn where you are going. Visit Wheaton two to three times a year for an intensive course and then take the rest of your courses online. If you work part-time, you can complete your studies in two to three years. To learn more, click here.