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Claudio Morelli - Impacting & Leading Around the World
Claudio Morelli is an educational leader, consultant, and writer. For over forty years Claudio has activated his servant heart to teach, mentor, and influence individuals, school districts, organizations, and communities in Canada, China, and in Central East Africa.
In the second half of his life, Claudio believes that he has a responsibility to continue to use his God-given gifts to serve. Following a successful career as a teacher and educational leader, Claudio retired as a Superintendent of Schools in Burnaby, British Columbia.
However, Claudio has not really retired. He is a passionate student of leadership who loves to lead and loves leadership. He continues to pursue his purpose and mission, and his experiences have impacted and influenced his transformation as a servant leader, educator, and writer.
By highlighting and sharing his leadership experiences through his popular blog Leadership is Heart, Claudio was eventually encouraged and inspired to write his first book Learning and Leading In the Land of a Thousand Hills: An Unexpected Mission of Transformation and Joy.
Claudio’s current aim is to make Leadership is Heart a place where his leadership colleagues in Africa can share their wisdom and reflections as well as his own. He wants to make Leadership is Heart a forum for collaboration, discussion, and inspiration.
Claudio lives in Vancouver, BC in the beautiful country of Canada. He has been married to his wife Anne for forty-four years has three sons David, Peter and Michael, three daughter-in-laws Kathryn, Shauna and Jayne and four grandsons Levi, Hunter, Jack, and Findlay.
"Perseverance is the real test of leadership ability. It is one thing to set a goal or an objective for a group of people; it is quite another to persevere toward it and inspire others so that they are motivated to follow us." (Cyril J. Barber in Nehemiah An Expositional Commentary, 1991). If I had to narrow the choices down to one specific leadership quality that my Kurumbuka colleagues consistently activate it would be perseverance. Determination and grit describe their relentless pursuit of achieving transformation for their organizations and communities. I began to understand their dedication and even stubbornness of action when many shared their testimonies of overcoming obstacles during their leadership journeys. What struck me was...
Phocas Ngendahayo writes today's guest post on Leadership is Heart. Phocas currently serves as the Rwanda Country Director for Kurumbuka Leadership Solutions, which was created in response to a felt need, to walk alongside a new generation of leaders as they fulfill God-given visions to transform their families, institutions, communities, and nations. Seven years ago, Phocas and I met in the Land of a Thousand Hills, where I began my service with the Wellspring Foundation for Education in Rwanda. Phocas was operations director for Wellspring, and from the time I met Phocas, I knew I had met a leader full of integrity with similar a similar passion for raising other leaders through collaboration and...
An influential voice is my friend and colleague from the Wellspring Foundation for Education Theo. Theo is the Senior Program Manager in Kigali, Rwanda. He leads, manages and oversees the School Development Program that Wellspring has successfully implemented in the Gasabo District. His primary responsibilities are to lead a team of qualified and experienced teacher trainers and community involvement trainers to assist school leaders, teachers, and parents rally together in creating a healthy learning environment for Rwandan children. I have seen Theo in action purposely and intentionally demonstrate what Bill George in True North defines as the authentic leader. "The authentic leader brings people together around a shared purpose...
Florence, a committed leadership voice from Uganda, and a participant in the online Foundational Leadership Principles and Practices course I facilitated last month shared an observation that demonstrates the impact that shared learning and leading can have on individuals, organizations, and communities. Thank you so much for this opportunity to grow as a leader and to develop an abundant vision. Your training has enlarged my vision and impact that now close to 5000 people from the community are beneficiaries. The training Florence is referring to is Kurumbuka Leadership Solution’s year-long leadership training program empowering leaders, connecting influencers, and multiplying leadership solutions. Florence has completed the program and...
Leadership is Heart has been in existence for almost ten years now. It has gone through a number of iterations, topics, and reflections. One constant though has been the focus on my passion for leading, mentoring, impacting and influencing individuals, organizations and communities. The blog has generated some success over the past few years allowing me to share my own thoughts, reflections and learnings. Last year around this time, I felt moved to compile some of my posts eventually resulting in the publication of my first book Learning and Leading in The Land of a Thousand Hills. The effort and energy expended in writing Learning and Leading resulted in a hiatus from consistently writing on Leadership is Heart....
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Claudio’s book is gracefully penned and candidly written. It demonstrates Claudio’s response to God’s call through his service with the Wellspring Foundation for Education. Claudio has contributed to God’s restorative work in Rwanda using his knowledge, skills, and experience. Claudio realized that in giving he received back, in filling others, he also was filled, in transforming leaders, his leadership also changed. This book is captivating, inspiring, and resourceful.