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  • What is True Moral Leadership?

    1 posts, 1 voices, 312 views, started Feb 6, 2009

    Posted on Friday, February 6, 2009 by Denise Richardson


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      What is True Moral Leadership?    

      What occupation group is the butt of almost as many jokes in our society
      as used car salespersons? (Well, besides the president.) On TV, they are
      very likely to be shown as bumbling, inept, hypocrites.

      The minister. Keeper of the flock. Pastor. They go by many names, and
      most of us have had one or more in our lives at some time. But when you
      ask people to think of someone who had great influence in their life,
      three answers you get most commonly are: teachers, parents, and pastors.  

      A pastor or minister is first of all a leader. But what kind of leader?
      In reflecting on one minister I know, he is a gifted preacher. He
      probably could have risen to the top of his denomination. Yet that man
      was also gifted for seeing the needs of the poor, the imprisoned,
      victims of injustice. He has literally spent his life following the idea
      that God asks leaders first of all to be servants. How revolutionary in
      our society!  

      I’d like to suggest that the ministers who have had a real influence on
      our lives are those who take this servant-leader stance. And you can
      apply this to looking at whatever position you want to look at, whether
      it is a club president, chief executive officer of a company.  

      A servant’s job is first of all to make sure that other people’s needs
      are being served. What a humbling task: to put the needs of others
      before your own.  

      This leads me to the moral crisis in leadership the U.S. has gone
      through in the past year. What would happen if we had leaders who truly
      put the needs of others ahead of their own? While it is true that they
      probably wouldn’t get elected in the first place, they all give lip
      service to putting the needs of others—“the needs of the
      people“—first. I think again of the pastor I mentioned above who could
      easily have risen to the top, yet has chosen to serve the poor.  

      Often at election time we look at the choices on the election ballot and
      cringe: Is this the best our country can produce?  

      No! It is not the best we can produce and never will be. Perhaps it is
      unrealistic to expect that the political process, driven by money and
      frequent back stabbing, will produce great moral leadership. The very
      best our country produces are the servant leaders at local levels who
      work selflessly, endless hours, without much recognition or reward.
      These may be ministers and all kinds of dedicated caring people who
      start free clinics and food pantries, clothing ministries and outreach
      to inmates.  

      True moral leadership? Well, pastors are as prone to immorality as
      presidents, but for my money, look to local persons who work at many
      levels—ministers or otherwise—who seem to have this calling to just be
      there for other people.

       (c)2005 Melanie Schurr)


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