Choosing Leaders

Even though I’m writing this post on the brink of a primary election, it’s not really about politics. The thoughts are transferable to that realm, but my mental processes were stirred by other experiences.

I’m a conflict resolution professional. I wade around in personal problems and organizational messes on a daily basis. Most often, the challenge to relationships or to the well-being of a group of people is directly linked to leadership.

What if we chose leaders based on elements other than power, prestige, and marketability? What if we looked to the humble servant?

I know. We have a system that rewards loudness and big promises. That reward structure is odd because we generally detest the loudness and the promises are rarely fulfilled. But our history is such, not just in politics, but in our personal relationships.

As you choose who leads you — in politics, in your workplace, in your personal life — consider those who quietly serve and humbly offer what they have. Their power is not based on their position. Yet, their influence is heard far above those who shout loudest.

Choose well.

2 thoughts on “Choosing Leaders

  1. Great post Joey. I’ve seen what you talk about so often. Certainly in politics but also in business and churches. I’ve seen churches unravel because successful people (in the world’s view) were chosen who were good at giving orders to the people who had to follow them but not so good at leading a group of people who did not “report” to the Elder. I’ve seen it in business too. The successful guy who has used the work of others to move up the ladder until there is finally a mutiny, whether a quiet one or public, that proves he is ineffective on his own.
    I want to find leaders who are full of compassion and forgiveness and love and who’s hands are a little bit dirty because they have been in the streets and alleys touching those who need it the most.

    • Your criteria for leadership choices are pretty tough, Jeff. And what a wonderful image of those we choose to follow. Isn’t it interesting that those attributes don’t have to be hyped, but are simply recognized by those of us who stand close by? Thanks for your comment.

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