TEN BEATITUDES FOR TODAY’S SHEPHERD-LEADERS
When we hear the words “shepherd-leader” we usually immediately think of Jesus. But there are many kinds of shepherd-leaders in the world today, some good, others not so good. A father is the shepherd-leader of his family. The priest is the shepherd-leader of his parish community. A business owner or manager is the shepherd-leader of his employees/subordinates. The barangay leader and other political leaders are shepherd-leaders of their constituents.
BCBP leaders are shepherd-leaders as they carry out the vision and mission of the Brotherhood in the marketplace, with care and concern for the members they are responsible for.
Leadership in the Church and in faith communities is more than simply making authoritative decisions. Christian leadership involves many other factors, such as courage in preserving and proclaiming the authentic message of the gospel, reflection on how the scriptures apply to present-day situations, discernment of who is suited to take on various ministries in the Church, building unity in the community, listening to the insights of others, and leading the community in prayer. The bottom line is that a good shepherd-leader knows how to follow the Lord.
The qualities of a good shepherd-leader based on Jesus’ style of leadership are expressed in these ten beatitudes or guidelines. Ask yourself: How does your leadership style measure up to these ten beatitudes?
Blessed is the leader who has not sought the high places, but who has been drafted into service because of his ability and willingness to serve.
Blessed is the leader who knows where he is going, how he is going, and how to get there.
Blessed is the leader who knows no discouragement, who presents no alibi.
Blessed is the leader who knows how to lead without being dictatorial; true leaders are humble.
Blessed is the leader who seeks the best for those he serves.
Blessed is the leader who leads for the good of the most (persons) concerned and not for the gratification of his own ideas.
Blessed is the leader who develops leaders while leading.
Blessed is the leader who marches with the group and interprets correctly the signs on the pathway that leads to success.
Blessed is the leader who has his head in the clouds but his feet on the ground.
Blessed is the leader who considers leadership an important opportunity for service.
Source: Adapted from the Laymen’s Newsletter/Internet