Leadership Lessons from the Saints

francis“Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words.”

These words attributed to St. Francis of Assisi call us back to the example of Jesus who led by his actions, and then through his words.

As I read and listen to the Gospels, my attention frequently pauses at the places where the evangelists describe what Jesus is doing rather than saying–writing in the dirt, sitting at the well, walking in the garden.

Leadership often takes place more between the words we say and through the actions that we take–having coffee with colleagues, joining in the department celebration, stopping by someone’s office.

 

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