Renewable Leadership


We hear people talk about a shortage of leadership. It as if we had mined all the leadership we could out of the earth and were running short.

Traditional fossil leadership is expensive and will not get the job done. The leadership which will carry us into the future is renewable.

Each of us has the potential to become our own, unique kind of leader. One step on the way we explore our leadership is learning how to renew our resources.

Many traditional leadership examples in our culture emphasize persistence and hard work. Perseverance and determination are valuable strengths. Understanding our need for balance, rest, and renewal is also essential.

The leaders who inspire me recognize the importance of rest, reflection, and renewal.

The challenges our leaders face today demand cooperation and collaboration. It is difficult for one person, working away day and night, to solve such complex problems. Leaders need to recognize it is crucial to work with diverse groups of people with varied skills.

In the same way, we need to work with various approaches and perspectives. One size does not fit all. Our efforts, and our results, will be richer and stronger as we remember to renew our leadership.

Some of us are used to functioning on adrenaline, focus, and caffeine. We may believe we can move mountains if we just try a little harder. We need to be reminded of the value of a change of pace, a breath of fresh air, a few minutes of silence.

Our leadership needs to bring out the best in the people around us. A few minutes of rest may be our best tool to open that door.

How will you renew your leadership today?

When will you take time for rest and reflection this week?

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  • http://contemplativemonk Bob Holmes

    Greg, Right now I’m going through a process along these lines. I think Stephen Pressfield rightly defined our problem in everyday terms in his book: The War of Art. Resistance, a result of our fall, as I’m seeing it can be approached in two ways within us. Slay the dragon of resistance every morning and push our way through…pray our prayers and work the forms or surrender, like a trust fall into the hands of God… die to ourselves, let God unmake us, like Isaiah before the throne of God, so that we may move forward in the power of our spirit rather than under our own steam, ie soul power. Our eternal breakthroughs seem to be through our spirit rather than through grit and grace. The soul is a great servant, but a terrible taskmaster. Like Hebrews speaks of the Sword of the word of God dividing the soul and the spirit. I see a huge number of connections, but the concept is so simple I think we’ve lost it in our spiritual practices.

    Bless You Greg for sharing!


    • Strategic Monk

      Thank you, Bob.

      Yes. The “hard work” we need to do often comes down to learning, or remembering, to let go of what we are holding onto so tightly. We grasp what we believe will save us, and it only weighs us down further.

      We do not follow our practices to become better practitioners. We follow them because they help us learn the lessons we need.

  • Norbert Berencsy

    I am taking out 3 days to attend a leadership conference #Strechcon. I am here to be open , make flow of new ideas and getting to know people with great ideas and insporation.

    • Strategic Monk

      Thank you, Norbert.

      Yes, conferences and other events can help renew our leadership resources. There are other regular practices, ways we can live each day, which can help renew us and show us new lessons.