We have become a “pigeon-hole” society. If you don’t fit into a particular box or cannot be described or identified by a single attribute, characteristic, or way of doing things, we as a society don’t know what to do with you or how to interact with you. We have grown accustomed to and favor neatness in place of complexity, black and white versus color, and niceties instead of the truth. We have become closed-minded, hard-hearted, and self-centered. Our individual prosperity and achievements have taken center stage and the welfare of others has taken a back seat. We know how to strategize, but fail to produce long-lasting, widespread growth.
We are so well educated, yet lack the inner discipline to appropriately govern our own behavior. We have amassed wealth yet lack the integrity needed to effectively manage it. We think we are fooling others with our attire, our credentials, and our penthouse access. But what message are we really sending to our staff, to our community, our children and the public?! That it is alright to have the mere appearance of prosperity without the heart and the ethical compass necessary for TRUE leadership.
If we truly wish to prosper, as a nation, as a single society, or as corporate stewards, we must first abandon our pigeon-hole mentality and learn to accept and embrace the enigmatic. Our nation is diverse, and those that wish to lead this great nation or the next great wave of economic and social growth must be able to tap into the pulse of humanity and the commonalities that exist among us. Tunnel vision and exclusionary, strong arm tactics are no longer viable, fruitful political, economic, or social practices or mindsets.
We must lead with discernment and an awareness of the least of those among us. For our strength does not lie in those with the most money, the biggest houses, or the most educated. Our true wealth lies in investing in the least among us. For our country is only as wealthy as the health of our hearts, our pocketbooks, and our souls. Let us, those who have been richly blessed, examine ourselves and the real motivation that lies behind our desire to lead. Let us look closely at our behavior, our deficits, and our temptations so that others will not face disappointment at our eventual undoing. Too many in positions of power have fallen into the traps and snares that leadership so easily affords, destroying the confidence of others in our nation and our businesses’ greatest minds.
Let’s finally get this right. All of us. We all have closet issues, personal and professional, that must be uncovered and dealt with. God desires that we confront these challenges so the confidence of our followers can be restored and/or strengthened. This is not a nonprofit, for-profit, or public issue. This is a human issue.
I invite you to share your thoughts on this issue. Let us begin this dialogue and begin the process of restoring true integrity in our nation’s capacity to lead. God bless you.