Who is choosing who? Is it leaders choosing people for them or are it people who choose the leader?
In history we can see that more than once people followed the wrong leader, but we also can see how the Divine Creator had chosen Him a people, who not always remained faithful.
Human pride made that people went astray from the Most Precious and Most Righteous Leader, the God above all gods. It is man’s self-reliance and whimsy that brought him into all kinds of difficulties.
Today, man still has a lot to learn about humility and dignified recognition.
- Humility = virtue asserted by every religion + every spiritual tradition > understood by very few.
- Humility = self-forgetfulness.
- A leader, particularly one in a spiritual position, must live a paradox.
- natural + lamentable temptation to see leadership status as a privilege => affirmation of one’s own superiority.
- best leaders = people do not notice their existence.
- Focus on self, whether in praise or in criticism =/= humility.
- leader of a people must forget himself => no room for selfishness
- leader = clear channel for the people’s will + for wisdom => no room for his own desires, his own aggrandizement, his own ego.
- Beware the rich man bearing gifts.
- For the leader to be among the wise => first necessary a measure of wisdom be found in the people.
- people follow a venal leader, keep him tightly bound with restraints of law + of their own suspicion => can do little good, dares do little harm, + law + people restrain him.
Humility is a virtue asserted by every religion and every spiritual tradition and understood by very few. It’s something that was brought home to me recently by an exploration of the phenomenon of leadership.
A leader, particularly one in a spiritual position, must live a paradox. He is “above” the rest in certain ways: taking greater responsibility, providing guidance and help to others that they cannot as easily do for themselves, upholding the highest standards of thought and behavior. If he starts to think of himself as above the rest, though, he hampers his ability to fulfill his function as a leader. There’s a natural and lamentable temptation to see leadership status as a privilege, and to take from it affirmation of one’s own superiority. It’s very difficult to avoid doing this, but the very best of leaders do.
As Lao Tzu put it:
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Business expert Brian Tracy in his book “How the Best Leaders Lead: Proven Secrets to Getting the Most Out of Yourself and Others” gives you a series of practical, proven ideas and strategies that leaders and managers at every level can use immediately.
Those in charge of churches have to be good leaders. Have a look at what he has to say:
You become what you think about most of the time.
Most of the time, leaders think about the qualities of leadership and how to apply them daily.
Leaders have a clear vision of where they are going, and they convey this vision to everyone around them.
Leaders have the courage to take risks, to move forward, to face danger with no guarantee of success.
Leaders have integrity. They deal honestly and straightforwardly with each person. They tell the truth, and they always keep their word.
Leaders are humble. They get results by using the strengths and knowledge of those around them. They know how to listen, and they know how to learn.
Leaders have foresight. They continually look ahead and anticipate what might happen. They make provisions to guard against possible reversals and put themselves into a position to take advantage of possible opportunities.
Leaders focus on what’s important. They concentrate their time and resources, and the time and resources of the company, on the activities that will make the most difference.
Leaders cooperate well with others. They are liked and respected by everyone around them. They go out of their way to get along well with the key people upon which the company depends. They truly believe that people are their most valuable asset.
The best companies (churches) have the best leaders. The second-best companies (churches) have the second-best leaders. The third-best companies (churches), in these times of turbulence, are unfortunately on their way out of business.
The most important contribution you can make to your company (church) is to be a leader, accept responsibility for results, and dare to go forward.
A Brief Thought on Leadership
Failures, mistakes and Initiatives for Excellence and success, Working towards turning a Dream of yours into reality
All the materialism has brought in wrong hopes, wrong dreams. The dreams that can bring something valuable to us and those around us are often silenced by our greed to have more and to possess that what is around us.
Dreams and All That Stuff (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Let us never become disappointed by dreams which brings us hopes for something far better than what this material world can offer. Let us not be badly influenced by those who are happy by all the gadgets they may acquire and all their falls dreams they want to share on social media.
Let us look for positive constructive dreams which lead us further to the right path, bringing us to a world which shall endure much longer than man’s world ever could do.
The Most High Divine Creator has prepared us a Kingdom and a guide to show us the Way. That more people may find that leader and follow him, making the path, the trail, much clearer for others also to follow, so that they can come out of the darkness of this world and enter the light of Christ.
- We all have to have dreams
- Move forward, not standing still
- Martin Luther King’s Dream Today
- Watch out
- 30 things to start doing for yourself – #6 is vital.
- little i
- Find Inspiration and Follow Your Dreams
- 2014 Bucket List Update
- A bird’s eye and reflecting from within
- See the conquest and believe that we can gain the victory
- You’re Lighter Than Air~
- Do you know sin of omission? (yoursuccessinspirer.com)
There are many things that we are supposed to do but which we fail to do. Yet, we do not bother that we have failed to do them. We ought to bother because they are sins. By failing to do the good that we should have done we disobey God.
- ‘Empire’ Star Terrence Howard Says It’s Time to Get Real About the N-Word on TV (thewrap.com)
I believe if we’re gonna really tackle racism, if we’re gonna tackle bigotry, if we’re gonna tackle homophobia, we need to attack it dead on you don’t just sit up, you know let’s give a little Aspirin right here, no we need to take the sutures, open up the problem and reach in and grab it. And since n**** is used in almost every conversation in most black neighborhoods, why is it that we don’t hear it on TV anymore? Are white people afraid of it? Did they create the word? But if this is something that we use on a daily basis, then let’s address what it really means.”
- Cal Thomas – Judge Moore is right (crescent-news.com)
When government believes it can create or take away rights, it becomes a god unto itself and potentially endangers those rights. The only way to preserve them for ourselves and our posterity is to acknowledge they come from a higher place.
The English jurist, William Blackstone, who once studied in American law schools, understood this. Blackstone was a contemporary of America’s Founders, who referred to him more than any other English or American authority. It wasn’t until the middle of the last century that the Supreme Court began repudiating Blackstone and started making law and creating rights.
- Jessa Duggar’s husband Ben Seewald laments inaction in the face of so many injustices in the world (christiantoday.com)
Ben Seewald, the husband of 19 Kids and Counting star Jessa Duggar, is sad that there are so many injustices in the world but people are not doing anything about them.
- I Would Rather (anthonygoulet2014.wordpress.com)
I would rather feel the weight of the world
the sting of betrayal,
hurtful venom spewed,
doubts of others,
dispensation of mockery,
ridicule of lies,
attempts of character assassination,
and the vehement questioning of “Who do you think you are?!”
than live one moment separated from my dreams
- Sharing my dream (yoursuccessinspirer.com)
Everyone has a right to their ambition. If you want to walk on the moon some day or on Mars, that is your right which you are free to achieve. Why not? Some people have already been to the moon; and they are humans like you and I.
Our problem is often selling ourselves short; and the common reason is we want to please others. We do not want others to see us as being over ambitious.
- 5 Ways to Recover from Caregiver Chaos (specialneedsparenting.net)
Usually I review Bible memory verses for the first part of my walk and listen to an audiobook after that. But that morning I grabbed a small, yellow legal pad and a marker, determined to write down everything that needed doing. That way, I figured I might be able to capture the chaos and bring order to it. And do you know what? It worked.