In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions Podcast Todd Adkins and Barnabas Piper talk with Katelyn Beaty, the first female managing editor of Christianity Today’s print edition and the author of A Woman’s Place. Kaitlyn recently left CT after a 10-year run during which she helped lead significant changes and innovations. The conversation covers how personal platform and brand blends with an organizations, trying new things and “failing fast”, and more.
“The future of the church does not only hinge on what is happening in the United States.”
“When you’re free from ideological allegiance it is easier to keep the focus on the main thing.”
“We tend to think in terms of loss of cultural power.”
“We wanted to fail fast, so try new things and if they don’t work move on.”
“It’s an exciting time to be in journalism because of this urgency that what we’ve been doing for 50 years isn’t working.”
“Tying the personal and professional brand together is important.”
“What used to be maverick is now an asset.”
“As someone who is performance oriented it is easy to throw myself into activity without thinking if it’s good and fitting of my skills.”
“Who am I apart from the institution I helped lead?”
“Leadership at home for me almost looks like anti-leadership.”
“As a single person it can be tempted to fill all the hours in a day with ministry.”
“You can’t lead if your spirit is depleted.”
“Just because someone isn’t married or doesn’t have children doesn’t mean their life isn’t full.”
“Leadership can look like many different things.”
“It’s been tempting to discredit my own leadership because I don’t look like the leaders who came before.”
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