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Leadership

MEDITATION:

This meditation is an excerpt from a book by contemporary authors Ken Blanchard, Phil Hodges, and Phyllis Hendry: “Lead Like Jesus Revisited.”

People often see leadership based on an “It’s all about me” approach. In all kinds of organizations and institutions, the rewards of money, recognition, and power increase as an individual moves up the hierarchy. Self-promotion (pride) and self-protection (fear) dominate today’s leadership style. Many leaders act as if the sheep are there only for the benefit of the shepherd. In personal relationships, leadership based on mutual respect, loving care, self-sacrifice, and openness is often undermined when pride, fear, and indifference replace intimacy with isolation…An alternative approach to leadership is driven by four basic beliefs:  1) Leadership happens anytime we influence the thinking, behavior, or development of another person, 2) Jesus is the greatest leadership model of all time, 3) Servant leadership is the only approach to leadership that Jesus validates for His followers and, 4)  Effective leadership begins on the inside with our hearts…Leadership is the alignment of four essential domains: the heart, the head, the hands, and the habits.

PRAYER:

This prayer is from Xavier University’s Jesuit Resource.org resource.

Leadership is hard to define. 
Lord, let us be the ones to define it with justice. 
Leadership is like a handful of water. 
Lord, let us be the people to share it with those who thirst.
Leadership is not about watching and correcting. 
Lord, let us remember it is about listening and connecting. 
Leadership is not about telling people what to do. 
Lord, let us find out what people want.
Leadership is less about the love of power,
and more about the power of love.

Lord, as we continue to undertake the role of leader let us be 
affirmed by the servant leadership we witness in your son Jesus.
Let us walk in the path He has set and let those who will, follow.

Let our greatest passion be compassion. 
Our greatest strength love. 
Our greatest victory the reward of peace.

In leading let us never fail to follow. 
In loving let us never fail. Amen.

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