Center for Ethics and Leadership

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Passions

In a recent conversation I remarked how the last two academic meetings I attended, which dealt with administrative and curricular programing and reform, did not excite me as much as simply teaching theology. "So follow your passion!" I was told. That gets it precisely backward. The object is to make management an object of passion, not a goal dispassionately (dare I say rationally?) reached. Only then does it become leadership because only then does it become transformative, charismatic, and the work of a servant. Whatever one's profession, this is the trick.

2 Comments:

  • One can have a passion for their profession without having that passion extend to managing other practitioners or the mundane tasks associated with executing one's profession. As management is administration, leadership is "going where no man has gone before" (for lack of a better term). Although both have goals, administration does not elicit passion, vision does. Society needs order from many adminstrators and inspiration from a few pioneering leaders. So I'm not sure its backwards but I will give it more thought.

    By Blogger kobe2, At March 25, 2009 1:41 PM  

  • I like the fact that you are so passionate about your career because it makes it fun for students to learn. I thought I was going to dread having theology this semester but I am proud to say that you made it very interesting. When someone is genuinely passionate about something it makes it fun to understand their ideas and their point on view on the subject.

    By Anonymous Megan G, At April 24, 2009 2:03 PM  

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