Excerpt: Leading Through Prayer | Sojourners

Excerpt: Leading Through Prayer

An excerpt from Barbara Williams-Skinner's 'I Prayed, Now What? My Journey from No Faith to Deep Faith.'

I HAD HONED MY SKILLS as a leader in the backfield, first in the black power struggle and later as executive director of the influential body of African American congressional leaders that made up the Congressional Black Caucus. I also worked quietly as a bridge builder between leaders of diverse backgrounds.

But after my husband Tom Skinner’s passing, I was voted by the board of directors to become president of the Skinner Leadership Institute. As the number two person in the organization, I had relied more on external skills of leadership like executing the vision, establishing goals, strategic planning, and creating, as well as managing the budget.

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