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Leadership Notes -- Thoughts on Leading People and Making a Difference in Organizations

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Estimated reading time:  2.00 minutes


Good morning from Vancouver where the cherry trees are in bloom, while the temperature feels more Fall like than it should. In the Christian tradition, we are in the midst of the Triduum. These three days, Maundy Thursday (The Last Supper and Foot Washing), Good Friday (The Crucifixion), and The Great Vigil (Late Saturday into dawn on Easter Sunday are the holiest of holy days in the Christian tradition. 


So what have these three days got to do with leadership?  For me, the Triduum highlights three fundamental roles of leadership:


  1. We are here to serve our people; to create space and opportunity for them to learn and thrive individually and as a group. (Foot Washing)
  2. We are here to lead our people into dark and difficult times, where the key learnings and growth opportunities actually reside (The Last Supper and Crucifixion)
  3. We are here to model patience and compassion, as it takes each of us time to learn and grow into the people we are called to be. (The Great Vigil). Or put another way, we need patience and compassion to know that while the cherry trees are in bloom, it may still be chilly out there, and that is ok. It will be warm again.



May this weekend be filled with humility, courage and compassion for each of you.