Political Self-Interest: The Leadership Value Void - Nu Leadership Series

 


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“…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. ” Matthew 5:16

Many politicians aren’t accountable due to their own self-interest. Thus, they engage in transactional relationships with others, such as lobbyists. For example, if a congressman secures federal dollars for his state, he expects to get rewarded via reelection. The congressman then can broadcast “look at what I’ve done for you. ” However, Christian values don’t support this behavior. Leadership should focus on others. Bad leaders are often takers in the secular sense. However, good leaders give followers a sense of heaven on earth. In the book, The Empowered Leader, author Miller supports the concept of servant leadership and he explains, “Servant leaders are task-centered…Because they feel inadequate, they seek to look beyond themselves for answers. ”

Servant leadership is not a 21st century term. Much of this concept is grounded in a religious concept. Christianity promotes the concept of doing the right things for the right reasons. In Matthew 6:1, Jesus explains, “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. ” Conversely, Jesus promoted good values as a way of life. In Matthew 5:16, “…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. ” Doing things for self-interest will rarely carry any long term significance. However, many unethical leaders only care about short-term gains. On the contrary, effective leaders understand how to focus on the tasks as well as followers.

References:

Bible. New International Version.

Miller, C. (1995). The Empowered Leader. United States of America: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

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. For more information, visit his website at http://www.darylgreen.org .

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