In this episode of How I Lead, I had the pleasure of interviewing Carola Strauss, a Relief Society president serving in Lincoln, Nebraska. She is a German immigrant with an inspiring story of leadership. During the interview she shared stories from her life that illustrated great leadership principles. I didn’t expect such lessons to come from the interview, but I am happy they did.

Even though Sister Strauss was raised in the church doesn’t mean she had a simple upbringing. She shares about her time away from the church, various struggles she witnessed, and even an experience she had with President Gordon B. Hinckley that started her journey back to full-fellowship in the church.

Since her reactivation she has seen her husband get baptized (later sealed in the temple), and in May of 2014 she was called as her ward’s Relief Society president. She shares how she loves those she serves, her approach to helping her bishop with ward welfare and food orders, and her approach to guiding her fellow sisters in the visiting teaching program.

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