The Wisdom Meme Index: “The Power of the Leader
‘A leader is a person who has an unusual degree of power to project on other people his or her shadow or his or her light.
A leader is a person who has an unusual degree of power to create the conditions under which other people must live and move and have their being-conditions that can either be as illuminating as heaven or as shadowy as hell.
A leader is a person who must take special responsibility for what’s going on inside him or her self, inside his or her consciousness, lest the act of leadership create more harm than good.
The problem is that people rise to leadership in our society by a tendency towards extroversion, which means a tendency to ignore what is going on inside themselves. Leaders rise to power in our society by operating very competently and effectively in the external world, sometimes at the cost of internal awareness.
I’ve looked at some training programs for leaders. I’m discouraged by how often they focus on the development of skills to manipulate the external world rather than the skills necessary to go inward and make the inner journey.’
Parker Palmer from a booklet ‘Leading from Within’ which I have not yet found a source for but you can read more at Insights on Leadership: Service Stewardship, Spirit and Servant Leadership “