The Definition of True Leadership

It is 9:18am central time. It’s an unusual time right now in history, because, Barr’s press conference has just ended and we are waiting for the Mueller Report.  In normal circumstances, which Trump’s presidency has been anything but “normal”, a report as such would be released prior to the press conference so that questions could be asked. During Barr’s press conference he vehemently defended the President, as many suspected he would. Even Fox News, what’s presently regarded as Trump’s news station, questions the composure and delivery of Attorney General.

This week is also Holy Week and the same week that the Notre Dame Cathedral was nearly completely overtaken by fire. It happens so that I’m reading Lead Like Wesley this week by Mark L. Gorveatte. “Wesley” is referring to John Wesley, who was responsible for leading the Methodist movement that later became the Methodist Church. Gorveatte wrote some of his accomplishments in the introduction of the book Lead Like Wesley.

“Most researchers agree that Wesley traveled approximately 250,000 miles in his ministry, mostly on horseback, and preached more than 40,000 times. He wrote, edited, or translated at least 200 volumes… …Wesley was more than a prolific speaker and writer. He launched schools, orphanages, micro credit loans for entrepreneurs, health clinics, and the first free pharmacy in England.”²

Wesley was a true leader and of a movement that would last long after himself. He worked for something that was greater than himself. That movement was never about himself, but a calling. His leadership style outlined his expectations, “Early on he (John Wesley) recognized the need to provide direction and boundaries to his team members for the work they would undertake on his behalf.”¹ The reason he was such an effective leader was not only his ability to effectively communicate, but his extreme sense of purpose. “Wesley was not interested in passing along tips, tricks, or five easy lessons to become a better leader today. His purpose in writing about leadership was to assist his helpers toward becoming leaders worth following. He had little patience with those who used titles of positional authority to exert their will over others.”³

Real Leadership
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I believe this is what is lacking with much of leader ship today. It is what motivates me to write this blog. Not because I am hoping to see myself exalted, but for a greater purpose. That is what great leaders do.  They focus on the whole. They focus on the mission. They don’t spend their time tweeting things like…

I am not a radical “left”. I am an American. I am a Christian. I am a former Republican who changed her party to Democrat because of the way this administration behaves. The way he behaves toward women. The way he behaves toward those who oppose his views. The way he behaves as a so-called “Christian”. It’s disgusting. This is why I encourage leaders to stay on the path of continual growth. It’s the path that John Wesley chose when he said, “Read the most useful books, and that regularly and constantly. Steadily spend all the morning in this employ, or, at least, five hours in four-and-twenty.”

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Sarah Jackson

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  1. Lead Like Wesley by Mark L. Gorveatte pg 15 – 16
  2. Lead Like Wesley by Mark L. Gorveatte pg 13
  3. Lead Like Wesley by Mark L. Gorveatte pg 17
  4. Lead Like Wesley by Mark L. Gorveatte pg 19

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