Wednesday, February 18, 2009

leadership

I have had leadership on the brain recently.

That, in combination with an addiction to Band of Brothers, courtesy of my husband, has me contemplating what makes a good leader. Really.

"The only hope you have is to accept the fact that you're already dead. The sooner you accept that, the sooner you'll be able to function as a soldier is supposed to function."
- Lieutenant Spiers

In war, the good leaders are easy to find. For the most part, they're the ones who aren't getting themselves and their men killed. In the church, death is less obvious. We're living, breathing, praying, preaching but are we on the offense or are we on the defense? Have we lost our vision? Do we know what we're fighting? Or why we're fighting?

Or who?

Are we, each of us alone, digging foxholes with our bare hands out of fear, unaware that we've torn off all our fingernails?

President Roosevelt, who faced an America similar to President Obama's, stated:
"Without leadership alert and sensitive to change we are bogged up or lose our way." (from here)

To be alert and sensitive to change requires me to look beyond my own circumstances long enough to realize someone else's. It requires me to look beyond my present long enough to realize the future. It requires me to live beyond myself. Leadership is an end to me.

"To save a life, you must take responsibility for it." - Defiance

2 comments:

Andrew G said...

"Everything hinges on leadership", La.

Joy said...

God bless our leaders... and praying for them.

God bless,
Joy.