One of the most powerful words of leadership is “share.” When people share ideas it spreads them and motivates and becomes a contagion of leadership. When people share ideas with me it stimulates my thinking and motivates me to learn more. When folks share something I have written with others it encourages me and motivates me to keep looking for new ideas to share.
Spiritual leadership is sorely needed these days. We are living in a deeply polarized culture. I don’t mind people disagreeing with me but the intensity of bullying, vitriolic speech, and personal attacks has become as easy as taking out a smart phone and tweeting your flow of consciousness. Most of the things that I think or want to say needs at least some filter. At the very least time to think.
A visceral reaction is often one that may be legitimate but after actually thinking about your re-action you begin to realize that it’s not worth your time. I was thinking about this in relation to the Washington staffer who criticized Sasha and Melia, the President’s teenage daughters, for their less than engaged participation in the pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkey at the White House. Are you kidding – can you imagine as a teen being dragged to this event. I bet that staffer wished she had never criticized them on Facebook. It just points out a reality these days – people don’t think. And when they don’t think the bullies and pajama clad bloggers are out for blood. What you share matters.
I invite you to be a leader and share thoughtful – even provocative ideas that you actually think about. Act – don’t react. Leaders respond in thoughtful and challenging ways. You can choose leadership and share ideas in the discourse of daily life or you can choose to be a consumer of ideas but don’t be passive and disengaged. Faith and leadership do not grow in the soil of the apathetic.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” James 1:5-6