Bringing the Text to Life
In the Old Testament and Gospel lessons for this week both David and Jesus illustrate the mysterious qualities and unique characteristics God has chosen to hold up as necessary for those who would lead the people of God on their life journeys of faith. The surprising nature of their faith, their lives, and their words combine to write what might be thought of as a Christian's "job description" of a leader.
As Warren Bennis points out in his book On Becoming a Leader (1989), leadership still remains the most studied and least understood topic in all the social sciences. In spite of all the recent studies on leadership by MacGregor Burns, Tom Peters, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Cary Cooper, Alistair Mant, et al., leadership is all too often still "like beauty, or love, we know it when we see it but cannot easily define or produce it on demand."
The Age of Unreason
(Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1990), 133.
Leaders are servants first of all. The only gospel passage...