I’ve been wanting to write a few things about leadership, but haven’t had the opportunity. In the meantime, let me share some of my favorite thoughts from this video of Stanley Hauerwas.
“It’s always persuasion.”
“Many of the proposals about leadership are quite perverse, exactly because it gives the impression that you know what leadership is abstracted from communities that make leadership possible.”
(3:50) “Don’t lie. Very simple, don’t lie to me. Just don’t lie to me. It kills you, it kills me, and it kills the community.”
(4:20) “The bottom line – politics is people. For any person that wants to be in leadership, if they try to lead in a way that means they don’t have to deal with people and to tell the truth to people, they automatically defeat community.”