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:
To lead people, walk beside…
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