So far in this series about realities all 21st leaders must face we have discussed the reality that the rules have changed; that life is faster; that change is accelerating; and that people’s expectations are higher. Part 3 will focus on two more realities that impact a leader’s effectiveness.
The fact that we live in a culture that is in moral decay points to a society that is confused; one that is looking for solutions and answers. There has been a shift in worldview. This shift has moved from moral absolutes with strong delineations between right and wrong to what some have called a new great commandment, “whatever.” There are no rules and this approach impacts every segment of our culture. Whether a leader is in the business world or relates to Christian ministry, he/she is affected because people are influenced by the culture in which they live. The norm seems to be addictions, broken relationships or deviant behavior. Leaders in the culture today must be stable in order to lead in an unstable world.
Because our culture is subscribing to a rewritten set of rules and boundaries, servant leadership is challenging. Even in the marketplace, there is an emphasis on being a servant leader. The challenge arises when a leader is called upon to accomplish a task, reach a goal or grow an organization. Tension results because we are called to be servants and yet there is an assignment to fulfill. We are challenged when we try to be both “servant- and goal-oriented.” Looking to and planning for the future must be a goal of every type of leader for if no thought is given to the future, the effort will not survive.
Living in a culture that is in moral decay complicates the leader’s role. Commitment to the cause must be constant and preparation for the task is critical. Servant leadership was modeled by Christ as He dealt with His disciples and those who came to Him with needs and questions. We do well to emulate Him. Stay tuned – two more realities to come next week.
10 Realities for the 21st century leader - part 1
10 Realities for the 21st century leader - part 2
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Eva De La Rosa
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