Tom Deighan has been married to his wife Renee for 28 years and has twin adult daughters. He is currently a school superintendent in Lawton, Oklahoma. He has taught grades K-12, Master’s, and Ph.D. courses, as well as serving as a principal at all levels.
I am simply a classroom teacher whose classroom kept growing, and as I assumed more visible levels of leadership, I was not prepared for the impact on my family, my personality, and my faith. When I hit my emotional and spiritual bottom as a leader, I turned to scripture and began writing devotionals to encourage others who might be struggling as well.
Deep, meaningful encouragement is a precious commodity for people who lead in the public eye, and I believe only fellow leaders can provide that encouragement for each other. As Christians who happen to also be leaders, we have the advantage of Scripture and the Holy Spirit. As we give each other what we need most, God will be faithful to strengthen us in the process.
Leadership Bible Study relies on The Bible as a leadership primer. I may write as a professional educator, but the principles and examples from Scripture can meet all of our leadership needs, regardless of our sector. The pressures of public leadership in a social media age impact all of us as civic leaders, educators, church leaders, business leaders, and elected officials.
As public leaders, we need to strengthen our communities as well, so I also write Dreaming the Dreams of Our Children – a weekly column to my community about education and educational issues. The people we serve – whether it be faculties, congregations, or whole cities – need a constant, optimistic vision of what matters.
Like many of you, I am a struggling Christian who happens to also be in public leadership. Fellowship with other Christian leaders empowers me to persevere when I would otherwise quit. We need each other . . . as leaders and as Christians. Thank you for answering your calling every, single day, and please remember that all great leaders are teachers and all great teachers are leaders.