Nowadays we witness many individuals who find their working life does not bring them hope but oppression.
Workers are losing their rights in many industries; others are cast aside with ease to bring temporary profit to the greedy. Increasing numbers of workers do not find the dignity and fulfillment that work ought to contribute to their lives, families, and communities.
A hope-filled spiritual leader sees these new tasks for leaders in dealing with individuals and organizations as a major responsibility.
They know healing is needed when people:
- Focus exclusively on self-interest
- Exhibit excessive internal competition
- Constantly engage in comparisons with others
- Evidence mutual blame
- Lose vitality
- Compromise their integrity
- Deliberately do things they know are unethical
A leader also recognizes the need for healing when some in the organization are always marginalized; there are voiceless members and widespread indifference to others’ needs.
Healing is clearly needed when administration restricts communication, misuses power, allows significant disparity in executives’ salaries, and governs autocratically.
Starting at the Top
When managers get in and get out of the organization with increased salaries and golden parachutes, having done nothing significant, then the organization and its board members need healing. When managers simply do not try to slow the erosion of values, then they also need healing.
Every organization has some individuals in pain, feeling loss, experiencing broken relationships at work and at home, suffering from a lack of meaning, and this sense of pain affects the quality of their work.
In fact, some within on organization need healing but do not know it.
Then again some sick individuals make everyone else sick without ever feeling anything themselves. A leader of hope has to heal the wounds caused by former bosses and also by coworkers. Some individuals adapt themselves to sick situations and then become as sick as everyone else.
No organization can function well amid unhealthy situations that sap vitality, creativity, and commitment. So, dealing with organizational dysfunctions is one of the challenges of a spiritual leader who wants to give hope to others.
A Leader of Hope
A leader of hope allows no one to feel inferior but raises them up to their just level of appreciation, showing empathy to all. Healing others is a major task of a leader of hope who thus enables others to become their complete selves.
- Healing relationships within organizations
- Clarifying and refocusing roles
- Setting goals together
- Making sure channels of communication are open
- Reflecting on each others’ gifts
- Expressing recognition and appreciation of everyone’s contribution
The leader’s healing influence will vary for each member in need.
Some may feel they are taken for granted and a leader must give them visibility and prominence.
For others who have been the object of bogus empowerment by former failed leaders, a leader of hope must give genuine, significant delegation. There are always members who feel used, often because they are, and a leader will need to heal by letting people feel at home in the organization and making them objects of sincere admiration and respect.
A Healthier Way to Lead
A good leader creates for those within an organization a healthy way of living together, and this implies risk taking. He or she will encourage others to get involved in the journey to wholeness, to share in common values, to become vulnerable as he or she manifests genuine emotions of heart and love.
Part of a healthy way of living together is to heal the loneliness of all around us, to awaken others to hope, to enable people to resolve conflicts constructively, to move them by making it clear that they are loved.
Leaders of hope restore others to healing through listening, empathy, and compassion, and even a sense of humor; healing broken relationships, restoring justice, and building a reconciling community.
A leader of hope will focus on values of colleagues since a person without values causes problems for those around. Then the insidious destruction of the vision of hope causes everyone to live a reduced notion of what it means to be human.
Many so-called leaders do nothing about the hurt that surrounds them, but a spiritual leader seeks always to bring healing where it is needed.
So how are you doing at putting on your spiritual leader role and serving others with empathy, love, and trust so that healing can be a natural part of your organization? If you need some improvement in this area, what steps can you take and what behavior can you emulate to become a healing leader? I would love to hear your thoughts!
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Dr. Leonard Doohan is an Author and Workshop Presenter
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