The Unaware Leader

In this course, The Unaware Leader: How Knowing Yourself Boosts Your Leadership Effectiveness, you will learn practices to help you lead with empathy.

Takes approximately 18 hours to complete.


Training more than one person?


Calling & Vocation, Church, Faith & Work, Ministry Leadership, and Work

Course Description

Do you feel overwhelmed by your role as a leader? Anxious? Lonely? Stuck? In this course, The Unaware Leader: How Knowing Yourself Boosts Your Leadership Effectiveness, you will walk through some practices to help you identify ways to address those feelings and welcome in support as you lead with empathy and creativity. Finding ways to take risks in a constructive manner and reflecting on work, yourself, and God’s call on your life are all important factors as you develop the skills to lead with empathy. Join Michaela O’Donnell on this journey into a practice of ongoing self-reflection and a better understanding of your vocation.

Meet Your Instructors

Michaela O’Donnell
Michaela is the Mary and Dale Andringa Executive Director Chair at the Max De Pree Center for Leadership. She is also an assistant professor of marketplace leadership and the lead professor for Fuller Seminary’s Doctor of Global Leadership, Redemptive Imagination in the Marketplace program. She is the author of two books, Life in Flux: Navigational Skills to Guide and Ground You in an Ever-Changing World written with Lisa Pratt Slayton (Baker Books, 2024), and Make Work Matter: Your Guide to Meaningful Work in a Changing World (Baker Books, 2021).
In addition to her academic work, Michaela has over fifteen years of experience as a leader in the marketplace. Principally, as the owner and managing director of Long Winter Media, a vibrant creative agency that helps brands make social impact through multi-media content. Long Winter Media’s roster of clients includes Google, YouTube, NBC Universal, the University of Southern California, Presbyterian Church (USA), and many more. Notably, the Oprah Winfrey Network picked up a short film Long Winter Media produced for an episode of Oprah’s show Super Soul Sundays with Glennon Doyle.

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