If your family is anything like ours, you’ve probably received dozens of greeting cards, family updates, pictures and the ilk of late.
I read these dutifully, and enjoy hearing about what those I love but do not see often have been up to. Honestly, though, they do seem to run together after I’ve read the first half dozen or so. But I was reading the update of some friends of ours last night whose perspective on things was unusual. It contained bad news as well as good news, joys as well as frustrations. It was transparent.
This would have been uncommon enough, but it ended with this, a Kenyan prayer:
From the cowardice that dare not face new truths,
From the laziness that is contented with half truth,
From the arrogance that thinks it knows all truth,
Good Lord, deliver me.
I think that all of us, as leaders, have a tendency to be cowards, or lazy, or arrogant from time to time. I would submit, though, that we are more often one than the others, evidenced by how we lead. Do we make decisions too quickly? Without enough information? Do we turn a blind eye toward issues or harsh realities? Do we expect others to follow without having to explain fully?
My friends have a clear sense of what they know, and of what they do not know. They’ve reflected on what they’ve learned in 2008, and look forward to applying it in 2009 as they begin the process anew, hoping to gain a greater sense of the truth and continue to share it with others.
And that is good leadership.