I spent the first part of my career in pastoral ministry. I saw first hand the joys, sorrows, crises, successes, and failures of people. More importantly, I realized that how I led and how they led made a significant difference in whether people discovered purpose and meaning in life and work.
I became intrigued with the power of good leaders and the devastation engendered in mediocre and bad leaders.
I shifted my focus during my mid-career graduate program to look at leadership in every venue in which people work. The focus has taken me into different industries to learn and test what I observed about leaders.
I became an executive coach and leadership development specialist. I have conducted social research for large and small organizations designed to explain why certain behaviors routinely occurred. I work with leaders in business and the non-profit world. Being in these different settings confirms how important it is to employee morale/engagement and organizational outputs to have good leadership. I enjoy helping women and men leverage their strengths, discover the power of spirituality, expand their leadership capacity, and exercise awareness of how their personal style impacts those around them.
I lecture as an adjunct professor at LIFE Pacific College and have previously taught at Bethesda University and Azusa Pacific University in cross-cultural leadership, leadership development, servant leadership, leadership ethics, administration, church growth, church administration, and mission in today’s world.
I am the author of, Change the Paradigm: How to Lead Like Jesus in Today’s World (2015) which outlines how the Jesus changed the mold of leadership to service that transforms the leader and her organization and Lift: Five Practices Great Managers Do Consistently (2020) which outlines how managers raise performance and morale to see their employees thrive.
I conduct seminars on leadership – particularly servant leadership – for businesses, service organizations, local congregations, non-profit organizations; however, I really enjoy deep conversations with small groups of leaders.
My education includes a Master of Arts in intercultural studies from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California and a Doctor of Ministry in administration and leadership from Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California…and I am still learning.
To talk about, a consultation, adjunct work, training seminars, or coaching. I am available to teach intensives or seminars worldwide. For more information see http://www.linkedin.com/in/drraywheeler.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org