July 15th, 2007

Shaman - Horse

Spiritual Leadership

Spiritual leadership is important stuff to me. I believe spiritual development to be one of the greatest tasks in our lifetimes. I am frustrated when those in places of spiritual leadership attack others' attempts to spiritually grow and thrive. The sabotage of others' lives saddens me and is a frequent topic of my posts. While I grieve when leaders fall short in a larger sense, I acknowledge that they do serve somebody. I honor them for this. Today I wish to specifically about the expectations and trials of spiritual leadership.

Spiritual leadership does not come easy. The positions of priest(ess), teacher and mentor are gained through a combination of calling and very hard work. The taking on of spiritual leadership is sometimes involuntary. Even if spiritual leadership is unexpected, the continuing of the leadership requires work in the form of blood, sweat and tears. The dichotomy between charge of leadership and the ever present human factor is the spiritual leader's challenge.

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I've painted an ideal picture of spiritual leadership. In the picture I've presented, positions are given respect and then the spiritual leader determines how much respect is further given. The spiritual leader is served by their charges. The spiritual leaders further serve themselves by nurturing the human needs that stand outside whatever selfless expectations the spiritual leadership dictates. However, at the end of the day, the spiritual leader is judged by how they handled both themselves and the very important duties of their spiritual leadership.