Sunday, January 27, 2008

What is your vocation?

Last week dealt with the issue of where to lead. This week I'd like to introduce you to a servant leader who found the answer to that question through downward mobility. Henri Nouwen was an ivy-league professor who left his prestigious academic post to work with a handicapped community. You can read his story here.

I appreciate his accurate description of the none-to-gentle tug-of-war between the desire to do something "successful" verses doing something "meaningful." Plato's Laws discusses the importance of an education that teaches citizens to find pleasure in virtue. Perhaps in a similar way, the servant leader's education teaches him to merge "successful" and "meaningful."

IDEA LEADER: How distinct are your concepts of being "successful" verses doing something "meaningful"? Do you know anyone who has found peace by merging the two?

Photo: Teri Holzmann

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