Leadership expert Patrick Lencioni recently blogged about what we can learn about leadership through the example of our new Pope. Here’s some snippets:
While being the Pope is certainly different from being a CEO or political leader … sere is a lesson to be learned/
(Others suggest) that leadership is something that comes about because of personal ambition and individual achievement, rather than humble service and acceptance of responsibility. I think it’s fair to say that this is how many, if not most, people see leadership.
Frankly, I think the world would be a better place if more of its leaders accepted responsibility reluctantly and humbly, rather than clamoring for it and for the accolades that come with it. This would go a long way toward shifting the emphasis of leadership away from leaders themselves and toward the people they serve.
Consider that Pope Francis has asked his friends and colleagues from Argentina not to attend his inaugural Mass and ceremony in Rome, but rather to use the money that they would have spent on travel to attend to the poor. It’s hard to imagine a greater testimony to the fact that this man sees his role not as something to be celebrated so much as a duty to be humbly fulfilled. May we all come to see our positions of leadership in the same, selfless way.
The full article is a good read and worth checking out.