I was reading something Peter Drucker wrote about leading and managing knowledge workers. A question arose in my mind about pastors and ministry leaders.
Are pastors and ministry leaders considered knowledge workers?
Wikipedia defines Knowledge Workers as..
Knowledge workers are workers whose main capital is knowledge…because they ‘think for a living.’
To continue the thought a bit more, if pastors and ministry leaders were considered knowledge workers, what would we need to know how to do?
From the great blog Education Futures I came upon this list of 19 skills for the knowledge worker of the future.
- Not restricted to a specific age.
- Highly engaged, creative, innovative, collaborative and motivated.
- Uses information and develops knowledge in changing workplaces (not tied to an office).
- Inventive, intuitive, and able to know things and produce ideas.
- Capable of creating socially constructed meaning and contextually reinvent meanings.
- Rejects the role of being an information custodian and associated rigid ways of organizing information.
- Network maker, always connecting people, ideas, organizations, etc.
- Possesses an ability to use many tools to solve many different problems.
- High digital literacy.
- Competence to solve unknown problems in different contexts.
- Learning by sharing, without geographical limitation.
- Highly adaptable to different contexts/environments.
- Aware of the importance to provide open access to information.
- Interest in context and the adaptability of information to new situations.
- Capable of unlearning quickly, and always bringing in new ideas.
- Competence to create open and flat knowledge networks.
- Learns continuously (formally and informally) and updates knowledge.
- Constantly experiments new technologies (especially the collaborative ones).
- Not afraid of failure.
So, based on this list…do you consider yourself to be knowledge worker?
Do you see the need to develop these skills in the context of your leadership or ministry?
What would you add?
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7