Max DePree has a second leadership classic titled, “Leadership Jazz.” Here are some of his thoughts on the subject of faithfulness in the section, “Finding Your Voice.”
“Let me suggest five criteria as a way to start thinking about faithfulness.
- Accountability for others, especially those on the edges of life and not yet experienced in the ways of the world, is one of the great directions leaders receive from the prophet Amos. Amos tells us that leaders should encourage and sustain those on the bottom rung first and then turn to those on the top.
- Integrity in all things precedes all else.
- The servanthood of leadership needs to be felt, understood, believed, and practiced if we’re to be faithful.
- There is a great misconception in organizations: That a manager must be either in control or not in control. The legitimate alternative is the practice of equity.
- Leaders have to be vulnerable, have to offer others the opportunity to do their best. Leaders become vulnerable by sharing with others the marvelous gift of being personally accountable.
“One becomes a leader, I believe, through doing the work of a leader. It’s often difficult and painful and sometimes even unrewarding, and it’s work.”
Are you becoming a faithful leader?