Episode 9: Michael Brough talks Leadership

Michael Brough – Leadership Roundtable

This week we are joined by Michael Brough, Director of Strategic Engagement for the Leadership Roundtable.  So not surprising, our topic for today is Leadership.  The Leadership Roundtable promotes best practices and accountability in the management, finances, communications, and human resources development of the Catholic Church in the U.S., including greater incorporation of the expertise of the laity. Michael and I talk about the work of the Roundtable and how they support the Church on many levels including dioceses, parishes, schools and much more.

We will also talk about the Roundtable’s annual meeting at the end of June in Orlando which is a prelude to the USCCB’s Convocation of Leaders meeting to be held that same week.

Michael Brough’s Background

Michael Brough is Director of Strategic Engagement for the Leadership Roundtable, working with senior Catholic executives and Church leaders to promote best practices in Church management and leadership. He developed Leadership Roundtable’s Catholic Standards for Excellence program and is certified by the Center for Creative Leadership to deliver the Catholic Leadership 360 assessment and development tool.

Over his 26 years of professional ministry in the Catholic Church, Michael has worked with and trained lay ecclesial ministers and priests in dioceses and parishes across the United States and in twelve different countries. He has also served as a consultant to Catholic nonprofits, boards, foundations and other institutions. Previously, he was executive director of RENEW International, the parish renewal and evangelization process. Michael began his career as an educator in Catholic High Schools and for SCIAF (Caritas Scotland).

Michael received his MA in Social Anthropology from St Andrews University, Scotland and his Masters of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, New Orleans. He has further qualifications in clinical and pastoral counseling and in education. Michael has been published in books and magazines in the areas of leadership development, lay ecclesial ministry, Church management best practices, the ministerial workplace, and small Christian communities. Collaboration, accountability, and servant leadership are key principles of his leadership formation.

Michael is from Edinburgh, Scotland and now lives in New Jersey, USA, with his wife and their three daughters.

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