From The Director’s Desk ~ October 2017

Edward D. Hess, a writer for Capital Business, authored an article dated April 28, 2013 on Servant Leadership.  His findings, and greatly to his surprise, indicated that charisma and vision, though important, are not the most important traits for leaders who want to develop teams that are high-functioning.  His research stated that high-functioning teams are more likely to result when the person or people in charge are servant-leaders.

Often servant-leadership has been misconstrued.  Far from being a “doormat” to others, servant leaders work to invest in and shape those under their leadership both for personal and professional effectiveness.  According to Hess, servant leaders “believe [their team members] should be treated with respect and have the opportunity to do meaningful work.”

Hess further states that “servant leaders are vigilant in fighting elitism, arrogance, complacency and hubris daily.”

The Jack McDowell School for Leadership Development will be focusing on servant-leadership as our theme during October and November.  You will have 9 podcasts with study guides available to use to have conversations with your team.  Quotes will be posted on our Jack McDowell School for Leadership Facebook page.  Articles will be posted on this theme as well.

Jesus is our model for leadership.  He stated that “to be great in God’s Kingdom we must be the servant of all.”  We invite you to join the SLD team in understanding and implementing the important traits of servant-leadership:  humility, modeling, respect for others, and integrity.  These are a few of the important traits that leaders must be conscientiously developing for both personal and professional health.

We look forward to serving you.  Please visit our website (newly named) at, where you will find a host of material to aid you in your leadership journey.  Like us on our Facebook page and keep up with weekly posting on our topics.  We are also on Instagram!

From the SLD team and myself, we wish you a glorious October!

Grace to you!

Joanne Holz, Major

Director of The Jack McDowell School for Leaderhip Development


Edward D. Hess is a professor of business administration and Batten Executive-in-Residence at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

From the Director’s Desk ~ January 2012

The Jack McDowell School for Leadership Development (SLD) is expanding its offerings in 2012 for its officers and soldiers. Some of the current courses and those under development will be made available to any interested person. Inherent in the curriculum is a holistic approach to leader development that will address spiritual formation, interpersonal, business, and pastoral skills.

Joining the SLD team beginning this month is Major Doctor Michael Reagan. Reagan is already working with leader development for Auxiliary Captains and Sergeants (non-commissioned personnel in charge of local Salvation Army Corps). He will be developing a menu of courses, both for accreditation and personal enhancement, including but not limited to the areas of doctrine, leadership, and spiritual formation.
On January 22, 2012,over thirty lay people from the Maryland-West Virginia Division will participate in the first web-based course entitled Growing Disciples—Growing Leaders. It is anticipated that this two-year course will be available to the Territory beginning in the Fall, 2012.

The first cohort experience was launched in October, 2011, comprised of 19 officers from multiple divisions and held at Camp Keystone in Starke, FL. This cohort will journey over eighteen months and offer opportunity for the officers to identify personal obstacles to effective pastoral leadership, the pit-falls and potentials of transitions and the cultivation of skills and attitudes necessary to finish the ministry journey well. Additional cohorts will be added and track their journey over time.

It is our prayer that God will use SLD as a resource and support for the Southern Territory to aid in personal, spiritual and community development in the ranks of The Salvation Army and to serve the wider church as others engage our materials.

Grace and all good to you!
Major Joanne Holz
Director – School for Leadership Development

From the Director’s Desk ~ March 2012 ~ Exciting Days!

We are in exciting days at The Jack McDowell School for Leadership Development! 

The opportunities for leaders to move forward personally and professionally continue to be created.

In October, 2011, SLD launched its first Ministry Cohort with 19 officers and 9 staff.   The cohort worked through the Leader Breakthru material of Dr. Terry Walling as facilitated by Major David Lyle.  Table Coaches journeyed with their three or four delegates each for the four days on site,  then,  subsequently through the web.   Additionally, delegates have continued to journey with each other through our online learning environment. We invite you to see what members of this first Ministry Cohort  had to say about their experience in our Leader Corner.

A Ministry Cohort is committed to a three year cycle, including three annual 4-day residentials with facilitated discussions between each residential. The second Ministry Cohort will begin April 23-26, 2012 at Laguna Beach Christian Retreat Center at Panama City Beach, FL.  The cost is $500.00 for the four days, which covers meals, lodging, and all materials.  For more information regarding cohort module facts and how to register, please visit our Ministry Cohort page under Leader Training. Or feel free to contat Mrs. Pamela Bosworth, Leadership Development Coordinator ( We look forward to your joining us!

God bless you as you allow Him to develop you for His Kingdom purposes!

From the Director’s Desk – September 2012

From the Director’s Desk:

This month the School for Leadership Development will focus attention on Emotional Maturity in Leadership.  Maturity is not just an important component.  It is a necessary element in our leadership.

There are many definitions of maturity but one that I heard verbalized in a classroom captured my attention and has given me much to think about since that time:  “maturity is the result of ongoing individuation and the ability to behave in appropriate ways at appropriate times.”  In other words, every individual becomes his or her own person, not given over to satisfying the whims of or denying the legitimate needs of other people, but cultivating the ability to do the right thing at the right time for others and self.

I have thought about that definition in relationship to Jesus.  Does it hold water?  Yes, I believe it does.  Jesus, though integrally a part of community, knew Who He was, and that security became the foundation for making behavioral choices appropriate with every person He encountered whether or not others understood Him.  Surely Jesus knew that accepting the dinner invitation of Simon the Leper would cause more than angst from the Jewish leaders.  Imagine the undercurrent of remarks when Jesus stopped by that tree that Zaccheus climbed to get a view of Jesus, calling to him to come down for conversation.  No respectable Jewish man would go through Samaria, much less talk to a (Samaritan) woman alone!  Some might have called Jesus a rebel in His own faith family.  I believe He walked in emotional and spiritual maturity, making His decisions based in truth about Who He was, Whom He belonged to and the best interest of those He encountered.

Conversely, Jesus knew when to pull back, even knowing that there were many who wanted to talk to Him, touch Him, be near Him, hear from Him, or just be with Him.  As a human being, His energy levels would have been depleted from constant interaction with people or from the need for the next meal or from His thirst needing to be satisfied.   Jesus’ maturity allowed Him to make decisions about when to be with the one, with the few or with the many.

Similarly, leaders must operate out of that kind of emotional maturity.  It is imperative that you know yourself and that you are secure in your knowledge and relationship to God first.  While I don’t endorse individualism as a way of life, I do believe we need to understand who we are as an individual in order to live and lead effectively in community.

Consider the links and articles that we are posting this month as further means to explore this important leadership topic.  Check out the recommended book for this month, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality.  Download the online resources that you can use with your Corps people or other groups you lead.

We are praying for emotionally healthy leaders in whom God can deposit His power for the work of the Kingdom in our day!

Grace and all good to you!!