by Ron Noecker
The work of caring for people requires my leadership. I have to model how to show empathy and compassion for the difficulties that others face. Modeling empathy takes wisdom and a sense of selflessness that is willing to put one’s self into the heart and mind of someone else and trying to connect with the story they are telling themselves about the situation.
Modeling requires a healthy striving to always become a better listener and trying to understand better what a person may be going through. I will never do this perfectly. Without worrying too much about what others think, I want to strive for greater perception and understanding.
I can’t fix people, but I can be a model of how to lead others toward a wholesome view of the human experience that truly lifts the other up and helps them find healing. I will demonstrate how to manage disappointment, loneliness, anger or the “not knowing” that often comes with an illness.
Divine Love, may I model care for others that shows a willingness to forego my own thoughts and feelings to hear and feel the emotions of others. Being with them in their sufferings, may I lead them toward streams of refreshment that give hope. Fill me with peace knowing that I am modeling care that is eternal. AMEN
ACTION: Describe how you like to model leadership. Take a look at
Brené Brown’s book, Dare to Lead. Consider if it might be a good read for you. Then, model your good leadership in a situation this week.
Learn more about the above photo by Kendall Draeger below. Our thanks to Kendall for his use in this series called, “Leadership.”
Credit is given for the influence provided in Dare to Lead by Brené Brown in these reflections. Learn more at BreneBrown.com.