Reflections from the Director

Beginnings June 2012

by Daniel VestalDaniel Vestal
 

In his book “Let Your Life Speak” Parker Palmer says the following about leadership. 

“I’ll give you a quick definition of a 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.” 

Through the years I have observed individuals in positions of leadership who have had profound influence for good while others who have had profound influence for bad. But for most of us it is a mixture, and even when we want to lead in a good way we often lead in ways that produce mixed results.