About the Course

Effective leaders demonstrate traits that we often associate with successful entrepreneurs—creativity, resilience, and relationality. Without these virtues, we may struggle to connect with others in empathy, to find imaginative solutions, and to undertake risky ventures in pursuit of lasting change. But here’s the problem: creativity, resilience, and relationality may not come naturally to most of us. 

In this course, Michaela O’Donnell Long, Senior Director of the De Pree Center for Leadership, Adjunct Instructor of Practical Theology and Leadership at Fuller Seminary, and Owner and Managing Director at Long Winter Media, shows us that there are practices that everyone can adopt to cultivate an entrepreneurial posture. Come along and see how you can expand your leadership skills through the practice of empathy, imagination, risk-taking, and reflection.

What You'll Learn

  • What characteristics make an effective leader?
  • What hindrances prevent us from being imaginative and taking risks in leadership?
  • Is it possible for everyone to adopt an entrepreneurial posture?
  • What practices do effective leaders have in common?
  • How can we grow in creativity, resilience, and relationality, even if these things don’t come naturally to us?


  • 1

    Chapter 1: Work for a New World

    • New World, Old Tools

    • Plan B

    • Entrepreneurial Posture and Practice

  • 2

    Chapter 2: Being Creative

    • Three Ways of Being

    • The Creative Mandate

    • Accessing Our Creativity

  • 3

    Chapter 3: Being Resilient and Relational

    • Our Climactic Story in Christ

    • A Fail Party

    • The Fellowship of Followers

    • Calling is Formed, Not Found

    • Who Are We Called to Be?

  • 4

    Chapter 4: The Process of Entrepreneurial Formation

    • The Story So Far

    • Doing Shapes Being

    • A Process for Entrepreneurial Formation

  • 5

    Chapter 5: Practices for Doing

    • A Case Study in Empathy

    • Practicing Empathy on the Way

    • The "What If?"

    • What Imagination Looks Like

    • Let Imagination Fuel Risk

    • Reflection Follows Risk

    • On the Way Together

  • 6


    • Michaela Long 1st Video

    • Michaela Long 2nd Video

    • Group Leader's Guide

    • Work for a New World Group Discussion Guide

    • Being Creative Group Discussion Guide

    • Being Resilient and Relational Group Discussion Guide

    • The Process of Entrepreneurial Formation Group Discussion Guide

    • Practices for Doing Group Discussion Guide

About the Instructor

Director DePree Center, CEO Long Winter Media

Michaela O'Donnell Long

Michaela O’Donnell Long is the senior director of the De Pree Center and an adjunct instructor of practical theology and leadership at Fuller Seminary. She holds an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Fuller Seminary. In addition to her academic work, Michaela is the owner and managing director of Long Winter Media, a vibrant creative agency that helps brands make social impact through multi-media content. Long Winter Media’s roster of clients includes Google, YouTube, NBC Universal, University of Southern California, Presbyterian Church (USA), Fuller Seminary, and many more. Notably, the Oprah Winfrey Network picked up a short film she produced for Oprah’s show, Super Soul Sundays. In her various roles, Michaela has coached many women and men in their leadership and entrepreneurial development. She is the mother of two preschool aged children.