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Leadership for Followers in the New World Order:  Leadership for Followers in the New World Order Fraser Valley Baha’i School June 9, 2007 Rosemary Graham FVBS, June 9, 2007 Pick someone who you admire as a great leader.:  Pick someone who you admire as a great leader. What did he/she do to cause your admiration? How did they behave that attracted followers? What personal qualities did they possess? FVBS, June 9, 2007 Now pick a leader who you don’t admire so much:  Now pick a leader who you don’t admire so much What did he/she do to cause your disdain? How did they behave that attracted followers? What personal qualities did they possess? FVBS, June 9, 2007 Be aware of those who seek leadership:  Be aware of those who seek leadership "Now some of the mischief makers… are seeking leadership and in order to reach this position they instill some doubts among the friends that they may cause differences, and differences may result in drawing a party to themselves. But the friends of God must be awake must know that the scattering of these  doubts have as their motives personal intentions and the realization of leadership”. Star of the West, vol. 10, no. 14, pp. 271-272 FVBS, June 9, 2007 Leadership:  Leadership Instills DOUBTS Creates DIFFERENCES Seeks PERSONAL POWER OPPRESSES opponents HINDERS growth MODELS the way INSPIRES vision CHALLENGES the process ENCOURAGES the heart ENABLES others to act Kouzes & Posner , The Leadership Challenge, 2004 FVBS, June 9, 2007 Worldly Leadership:  Worldly Leadership Thus it is seen that the ocean of the Covenant hath surged and surged until it hath thrown out the dead bodies -- souls that are deprived of the Spirit of God and are lost in passion and self and are seeking leadership. Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha FVBS, June 9, 2007 Slide7:  “The world is but a show, vain and empty, a mere nothing, bearing the semblance of reality. Set not your affections upon it . . . Verily I say, the world is like the vapour in a desert, which the thirsty dreameth to be water and striveth after it with all his might, until when he cometh unto it, he findeth it to be mere illusion”. Baha’u’llah FVBS, June 9, 2007 A Role for Leadership:  A Role for Leadership The Universal House of Justice wrote, in a letter dated May 19, 1994, to the National Spiritual Assembly of the United States: “. . . leadership is that expression of service by which the Spiritual Assembly invites and encourages the use of the manifold talents and abilities with which the community is endowed, and stimulates and guides the diverse elements of the community towards goals and strategies by which the effects of a coherent force for progress can be realized.” FVBS, June 9, 2007 What does it mean to lead?:  What does it mean to lead? To go To be at the front or vanguard To guide the way To direct or have charge of activities To command authority or influence Websters Dictionary FVBS, June 9, 2007 Should we be leaders?:  Should we be leaders? We are commanded to quicken the souls, to train the characters, to illumine the realm of man, to guide all the inhabitants of the earth, to create concord and unity among all men and to lead the world of humanity to the Fountain of the Everlasting Glory. Tablets of Abdu'l-Baha v3, p. 487 FVBS, June 9, 2007 Leadership:  Leadership Leadership – understood as an expression of service enabling all to advance and develop toward their shared goals – is a good thing. FVBS, June 9, 2007 Slide12:  Rosa Parks Her simple act of protest galvanized America's civil rights revolution The Unknown Rebel With a single act of defiance, a lone Chinese hero revived the world's image of courage FVBS, June 9, 2007 Should we become leaders?:  Should we become leaders? “Beware lest Thou become occupied with the mention of those from whom naught save the noisome savors of enmity can be perceived, those who are so enslaved by their lust for leadership that they would not hesitate to destroy themselves in their desire to emblazon their fame and perpetuate their names. Baha'u'llah, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 15 leadership desire names.” FVBS, June 9, 2007 Leadership:  Leadership Leadership – understood as an expression of self (lower nature), creating a personal following or oppressing others – is a bad thing. FVBS, June 9, 2007 Baha’i Administrative Leadership:  Baha’i Administrative Leadership Is an expression of service Invites and encourages the use of the manifold talents and abilities with which the community is endowed, and Stimulates and guides the diverse elements of the community towards goals and strategies FVBS, June 9, 2007 But what about the individual and leadership?:  But what about the individual and leadership? “Amatu'l-Bahá Rúhíyyih Khánum became in the last half of the twentieth century the most well-known member of the Bahá'í community worldwide. Her life of extensive world travel, her religious leadership in a style showing unique capacity, her writing, her film-making, and her efforts on behalf of aboriginal peoples, the environment, and social justice were truly remarkable. At her death, memorials were printed in the major national newspapers of Canada. http://www.ca.bahai.org FVBS, June 9, 2007 Slide17:  Abraham Lincoln Martin Luther King Nelson Mendela Mother Theresa Mohandas Ghandi FVBS, June 9, 2007 Leadership in the New World:  Leadership in the New World “There is certainly a place in the Cause for outstanding people, and we need more of them. But the administration must function on a consultative basis, not leadership.” (Letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, July 5, 1947, in Prominent People, p. 272.) FVBS, June 9, 2007 Bahá'u'lláh:  Bahá'u'lláh By the righteousness of God, my Well-Beloved! I have never aspired after worldly leadership. My sole purpose hath been to hand down unto men that which I was bidden to deliver by God. This Wronged One hath never had, nor hath He now any desire for leadership. Mine aim hath ever been, and still is, to suppress whatever is the cause of contention amidst the peoples of the earth, and of separation amongst the nations, so that all men may be sanctified from every earthly attachment, and be set free to occupy themselves with their own interests. FVBS, June 9, 2007 A New Kind of Leadership:  A New Kind of Leadership An attitude of service. A foundation of trustworthiness. Ability to mobilize energy and competence of human resources Engage in collective decision making and collective action. Devotion to the common good. FVBS, June 9, 2007 How do we know how to lead?:  How do we know how to lead? Not our job to precisely understand the steps which must lead humanity to its destiny. Our duty is to labor serenely, confidently, and unremittingly to lend our share of assistance, in whichever way circumstances may enable us, to the operation of forces which, as marshaled and directed by Bahá'u'lláh, are leading humanity out of the valley of misery and shame to the loftiest summits of power and glory. (Shoghi Effendi, The Promised Day is Come) FVBS, June 9, 2007 Abdu’l-Baha:  Abdu’l-Baha The attitude of the individual as a servant… exemplified in the life and person of Abdu’l-Baha, is a dynamic that permeates the activities of the Faith; it acquires collective, transformative force in the normal functioning of a community… FVBS, June 9, 2007 Leadership in the New World:  Leadership in the New World …It is in this framework that the concepts of rulership and leadership, authority and power can be properly understood and actualized. UHJ, May 9, 1994 to US NSA FVBS, June 9, 2007 Transformational Leadership:  Transformational Leadership Occurs when people “raise one another to a higher level of motivation and morality’ It ultimately becomes moral in that it raises the level if human conduct and ethical aspiration on both the leaders and the led, and thus it has a transforming effect on both. JM Burns, Leadership (New York, Harper Collins, 1978),20 FVBS, June 9, 2007 Transformational Leadership:  Transformational Leadership . “The first quality for leadership, both among individuals and Assemblies, is the capacity to use the energy and competence that exists in the rank and file of its followers. (Letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, August 30, 1930, to the National Spiritual Assembly of the United States and Canada, in The Local Spiritual Assembly, pp. 22-23.) FVBS, June 9, 2007 Transformational Leadership:  Transformational Leadership Trustworthiness and an active morality must become the foundation for all leadership if true progress is to be achieved. Moral leadership, the leadership of the future, will find its highest expression in service to others and to the community as a whole. FVBS, June 9, 2007 Who are our leaders?:  Who are our leaders? Those who are strongly attracted Those who are mindful Those who are advancing unto the Kingdom of God FVBS, June 9, 2007 A New Kind of Leader:  A New Kind of Leader Shogi Effendi called Martha Root, the archetype of Baha’i teachers. She taught at every opportunity and followed her own inspiration. She taught Queen Marie of Romainia FVBS, June 9, 2007 Marion Jack:  Marion Jack “…a shining example to pioneers of present and future generations of East and West, surpassed in constancy, dedication, self-abnegation and fearlessness by none except the incomparable Martha Root.” FVBS, June 9, 2007 Following in His Footsteps:  Following in His Footsteps "Do you wish to follow in my foot steps?" FVBS, June 9, 2007 Baha’i Leadership:  Baha’i Leadership Is an expression of service Invites and encourages talents and abilities Stimulates and guides Is not desired Requires serene, confident and unremitting effort Creates concord and unity Is your unique response to the Revelation of Baha’u’llah FVBS, June 9, 2007 Our Job:  Our Job To quicken the souls, To train the characters, To illumine the realm of man, To guide all the inhabitants of the earth, To create concord and unity To follow the example of Abdu’l_Baha FVBS, June 9, 2007 Lead with Action:  Lead with Action Strive that your actions day by day may be beautiful prayers. Turn towards god, and seek always to do that which is right and noble. Enrich the poor, raise the fallen, comfort the sorrowful, bring healing to the sick, reassure the fearful, rescue the oppressed, bring hope to the hopeless, shelter the destitute! Abdu'l-Baha, Paris talks, p. 79 FVBS, June 9, 2007 Whose lead are you following?:  Whose lead are you following? Successful leaders don't start out asking, "What do I want to do?" They ask, "What needs to be done?" Then they ask, "Of those things that would make a difference, which are right for me?" Peter Drucker When the best leaders work is done the people say, “We did it ourselves!” Lau-tsu FVBS, June 9, 2007 Developing your leadership capacitiy:  Developing your leadership capacitiy Write your mission statement Explore your values Develop your talents and skills Seek opportunities to serve Be happy, be happy , be happy FVBS, June 9, 2007

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