Been reading Richard Rohr's latest book, The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See. It's truly been one of the most soul-refreshing books I've read in a while.
Rohr offers some great leadership reminders in chapter 21: "What Every Good Leader Knows". There are too many for me to share, but here are a few that I've really resonated with.
Good leaders are:
- Seers of alternatives.
- Move forward by influencing events and inspiring people more than by ordering or demanding.
- Learn to study, discern, and search together with their people for solutions.
- Know that total dilemmas are very few. We create many dilemmas because we are internally stuck, attached, fearful, overidentified with our position, needy of winning the case, or unable to entertain even the partial truth that the other opinion might be offering.
- Search for the middle ground where the most people can find meaning; they work for win/win situations. (This is hard to do if you assume you are the higher, the more responsible, the in-charge, the senior, the more competent - or once you have made a harsh judgment about the other.)
- Know that the rule of law and obedience can inform you only about what is illegal or immoral; it cannot itself lead you to God, truth, goodness, or beauty. (Romans 3:20 and 7:7)
- Know that when done well, compromise and consensus-seeking is not a way of abdicating essential values, but very often a way of seeking - and finding - other values, especially community-building, along with giving more people a personal investment in the outcome.
- Know that wisdom is "the art of the possible." The key question is no longer "How can I problem-solve now, and get this off my plate?" It is "How can this situation achieve good for the largest number and for the next generations?"
- Increase both freedom and ownership among the group - not just subservience, which will ultimately sabotage the work anyway.
- Let people know the why of a decision, and show how that is consistent with the group's values.
Some great thoughts & reminders.
Leaders - which ones resonate with you the most?