Episode 064: Dr. Krish Kandiah and Jason Jaggard on Leading with Your Heart
A decade ago, Dr. Krish Kandiah’s leadership bio would read like a typical academic—including titles like author, speaker, apologist and university professor. Then, his wife suggested they consider fostering and adoption. After that point, his personal experiences with foster children moved him to create the British foster care charity Home for Good and become an advocate for fostering and adoption throughout the United Kingdom. In this episode of the GLS Podcast, Jason Jaggard interviews Krish, exploring the leadership insights he has gained through his foster care experiences, including a deeper understanding of what it means to become a servant leader, the importance of proximity and how to approach leadership with both head and heart.
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An advocate for fostering and adoption, Dr. Kandiah is the founding director of Home for Good, a charity seeking to find permanent loving homes for children in the UK foster care system. He is the author of 13 books including his latest, Faitheism: Why Christians and Atheists have more in common than you think. He is a regular broadcaster on the BBC and a contributor to the Guardian and Times of London. An international speaker and consultant, he offers both creativity and academic reflection to bring strategic change, culture shift and innovation. Dr. Kandiah and his wife have 7 children through birth, adoption and fostering. He is available for corporate resilience and leadership seminars via Zoom--find out more about Dr. Kandiah at http://www.krishk.com.
Jason Jaggard is an internationally sought-after coach, speaker and author. He is the CEO of Novus Global, an elite executive coaching firm helping leaders and companies take new ground in personal mastery, large scale organizational change, and high performance. He is the creator of Spark Groups, an award-winning 4-week online experience that has facilitated more than 100,000 risks worldwide to increase personal and organizational health. He has a Masters in Entrepreneurial Leadership from the Mosaic Leadership Centre and a Master of Theology from Golden Gate Seminary. He is the author of Spark: Transform Your World One Small Risk at a Time.
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A decade ago, Dr. Krish Kandiah’s leadership bio would read like a typical academic—including titles like author, speaker, apologist and university professor. Then, his wife suggested they consider fostering and adoption. After that point, his personal experiences with foster children moved him to create the British foster care charity, Home for Good, and become an advocate for fostering and adoption throughout the United Kingdom. In this episode of the GLS Podcast, Jason Jaggard interviews Krish, exploring the leadership insights he has gained through his foster care experiences, including a deeper understanding of what it means to become a servant leader, the importance of proximity and how to approach leadership with both head and heart.
- My mother was rejected by her white family in India for being a half-caste and was sent to an orphanage. This was the start of our family’s journey to be involved in the care system.
- When my wife and I started a family of our own, she suggested we consider fostering and adoption. I felt God speaking to me as a read the Bible about His concern for vulnerable people.
- Currently, there are seven children living in our house: three birth kids and four through fostering and adoption.
- Serving kids in foster care is a solvable problem.
- In the UK, we need 4000 adopters and 8000 foster care families to cover all the care needs in the system. If one family in every church would step up and care for one child, we could place all of the children.
- Being a foster parent is similar to being a leader. We invest in people, who ultimately move on to better things.
- Even when we know someone may leave, we still have to be fully invested in that person.
- The proximate leader is the opposite of the distant leader.
- If you see leadership as service, you ask yourself, “How can I use my influence to help others thrive?”
- The different threads of my life have their roots in curiosity and constant pursuit of growth. God is the great tapestry-weaver, making the threads of our life come together in a beautiful way.
- Sometimes you can only understand your life when you look backward.
- At one point in my career, I was turned down for a job because I wasn’t a “bang-the-table” kind of leader. I realized that I want to be a “set-the-table” kind of leader. I want to make it safe for people to bring their best selves to work. I want to make room for them. I want to be hospitable.
- I approach politics by looking for places of common ground. Caring for children is politically neutral. We can work with every political party.
- Jesus chose a diverse team—zealot & tax collector—and turned them into brothers. If Christians can play that role in civil society and political life, we offer something really important.
- Integrated leaders lead from both head and heart. We need leaders who are passionate, and also leaders who do thoughtful work.
- Synergy happens in our leadership when head and heart are working together.
1. Dr. Krish Kandiah said that synergy happens in leadership when the head and the heart work together. Reflect on your own leadership. Do you tend to lead more from your head or your heart?
2. Kandiah suggested several ways we leaders can increase our heart leadership.
Being fully invested, even though someone might leave for better things
Practicing “proximity” by being vulnerable
Asking the question, “How can I use my influence to help others thrive?”
Becoming a “set-the-table” leader by creating safe spaces for people
Looking for common ground with people from diverse perspectives
Being both thoughtful and passionate
3. Now, look at all the boxes you checked. When you were listening to the podcast, which idea was most convicting to you? Follow that prompting and make a plan to implement this week.
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