About this episode
Learn about opportunity leadership as Chris talks with Dr. Roger Parrott about the importance of working in unison with God and his plan, instead of being blindsided by one’s ego. The two share experience on how they navigate their team and company through uncertainty.
Dr. Parrott talks about Opportunity Leadership, urging leaders to stop overplanning and start believing in the process of God. Using the example of David slaying Goliath, Dr. Parrott explains that opportunity leaders do not expect success at first but are willing to adapt and change are always quick on their feet, and never dwell on any decisions.
Starting as a Pastor, Dr.Parrott worked with the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization before serving as President at Belhaven for 33 years. He received an M.Ed in Education Administration and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at the University of Maryland. Dr. Parrott is also the author of The Longview: Lasting Strategies for Rising Leaders and his new book Opportunity Leadership: Stop Planning and Start Getting Results, is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Dr. Parrott is a third-generation College president and is helping to shape even more competent future leaders.
After becoming president of Belhaven, Dr. Parrott had undertaken numerous leadership reforms to the university that helped solidify its position as a top Christian private Liberal Arts University. Belhaven offers all students undertaking dual degree programs a free fifth year and a free master’s degree to all undergraduate students. Utilizing opportunity leadership, Belhaven had adjusted to social changes and unforeseen circumstances to generate impressive results, including its partnership with universities in China to offer master’s degree programs, as well as its unplanned creative writing department that fostered Nobel writers such as Angie Thomas. Dr. Parrot explained, using a metaphor of a powerboat versus a sailboat. Instead of fighting the current stubbornly and blindly chasing one’s desires, it is often faster to follow the current and appreciate wherever it will take us.
Read Roger’s Newest Book: www.OpportunityLeadership.com
Visit Belhaven’s Website: www.Belhaven.edu
Visit Roger’s Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rogerparrott/