“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. . . ” Corinthians 13:4-5
If leaders were more mature and operated in a caring manner, diversity would not be an issue. Embracing diversity really means treating people fairly. You can treat people differently because we are all different, but it should be used to grow the person. The Apostle Paul understood diversity challenges. He grew up in an orthodox Jewish setting; however, his Christian conversion forced him to interact with other cultures.
How could such a strict background allow such a paradigm shift in the Apostle Paul? Paul answers with I Corinthians 13:4-5, “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. . . ” When we lead without caring, we lead amiss. In I Corinthians 13:11, Paul explains that when we become mature, we stop acting childish.
When leaders act in the interest of people, they are indeed being mature leaders, but it is not done to check off a diversity goal on a manager’s performance evaluation. The call for genuine concern goes beyond followers being more than physical beings. Therefore, if today’s leaders act in a caring manner outline by the Apostle Paul, diverse values will be appreciated.
Bible, New Living Translation.
Winston, B. (2002). Be a Leader for God’s Sake. Virginia Beach, VA: Regent University. © 2006 by Daryl D. Green
Daryl D. Green has published over 100 articles in the field of decision-making (personal and organizational), leadership, and organizational behavior. Mr. Green is also the author of two acclaimed books, Awakening the Talents Within and My Cup Runneth Over. He is a columnist, lecturer, professor, and management consultant. Mr. Green has a BS in engineering and a MA in organizational management. Currently, he is a doctoral degree in strategic leadership. For more information, visit his website at http://www.darylgreen.org