There are two leadership quotes that I particularly love.
Lao Tzu: A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him….But of a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say, “We did it ourselves.
Napoleon Bonaparte: A leader is a dealer in hope.
Leadership is not demanding, commanding, directing, or driving. It is not managing or administration.
We have an oversupply of ‘leaders’ (whether political or otherwise) who lead by being negative, by pointing out the problems in our world, the dangers we face, what we should “not” be doing.
The kind of leadership that is most effective, and that is most lacking in our world today (and if we’re honest, in our church as well) is the kind of leadership that deals in hope, that inspires initiative and energy. A truly effective leader is one who paints a picture of an alternate reality, who reveals to us what we ‘could’ be, and motivates us to go where we might not go if left to our own devices.
That’s the kind of leadership I would love to see us nurture in the Uniting Church in Tasmania.
What does it mean for you to deal in hope? Who can you encourage or inspire? What new possibilities can you imagine….and call into existence?
(this story first published in Uniting Tas – the monthly newsletter of the Uniting Church in Tasmania)