What is leadership?

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On GBTV Tuesday night, Glenn dedicated the show to understanding the two paths that America faces and what kind of leader America needs. In order to answer the question “What is leadership?”, Glenn read from the book “Towards a Meaningful Life” by Rabbi Simon Jaconson.

The book reads:

In our secular society we tend to think of a leader as a person who’s well connected or who is powerful or charismatic or wealthy. We judge leaders by what they have. But a true leader should be judged by what he has not: Ego, arrogance, and self‑interest. A true leader sees his work as a self‑less service towards a higher purpose. As the sagists say leadership is not power and dominance. It is servitude.That doesn’t mean that a leader is weak. He derives great strength from his dedication to a purpose that is greater than himself.

Every generation has its Moses, a leader who inspires absolute trust, who is totally dedicated to fulfilling his unique role. He understands and appreciates each person’s role in perfecting this world and guides him or her accordingly. He rises above any individual perspective to take a global view, seeing how much each person and each issue fits into the entire scheme of the contemporary world. A true leader shakes people from their revery and tells them, no, you don’t need to live a life of desperation and confusion. Yes, you do have the ability to find meaning in your life and the unique skills to fulfill that meaning. You’re an important link in a chain of generations past. You have a legacy worth preserving and a future worth fighting for.

A true leader shows us that our world is indeed heading somewhere and that we control its movement. That we need not be at the mercy of personal prejudices or prevailing political winds, that none of us is subservient to the history or nature that we are history and nature. That we can rid the world of war and hate and ignorance, obliterate the borders that separate race from race and rich from poor.

Still many people have lost faith in contemporary leaders. The solution is not to resign yourself to the sad state of affairs but to search for and demand a leader of sterling character. The ultimate goal should be to have all the benefits of a democracy and the benefits of a visionary leader. It’s important especially today to distinguish between leadership and demagoguery. A demagogue may inspire people but his motives are impure and his expectations are unrealistic. It is wise to be a bit skeptical when assessing a leader. Is he truly devoted to his mission or just seeking glory? Is he truly interested in the welfare of others or simply building a flock for his own self aggrandizement? A true leader does not seek followers. He wants to teach others how to be leaders. He doesn’t want control. He wants truth. He doesn’t impose his leadership on others, nor does he take away anyone’s autonomy. He inspires by love, not coercion. When it comes time to take credit, he makes himself invisible. But he is the first to arrive at a time of need, and he will never shrink away in fear. He is so passionate about your welfare that when you consult him for guidance, it’s like coming face to face with yourself for the first time.

  • msfischer

     
    this from a devotional i receive by email each day, called DAYS OF PRAISE-
    from a source ICR: The Institute of Creation Research-

    Church Leadership
    August 15, 2012
     
    “The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a
    witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory
    that shall be revealed.” (1 Peter 5:1)  
    The leaders of the early churches were critical not only to the
    ministry of each church, but also to its survival. Correspondingly,
    numerous New Testament passages deal with their qualifications and
    function. In our text, Peter exhorts these men to proper leadership
    through service and informs them of a reward waiting for them.  
    First, we notice that Peter addresses a group of elders, not a single
    individual in sole authority. No example is given in the New Testament
    of any church which has grown past infancy which has not incorporated
    the wisdom of a group of spiritually mature men into its leadership,
    although there may need to be one who presides among this group.  
    The primary function of such godly leaders is to “feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof” (v. 2).
    Note especially that the flock they shepherd is God’s flock among them,
    not their own flock. A true flock leader takes strong and careful
    “oversight” but does not usurp ownership.  
    These leaders are to serve “willingly,” not under “constraint.” Their
    motive should be “of a ready mind” and “not for filthy lucre,” or
    financial gain (v. 2). Moreover, these leaders must not be “lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock” (v. 3). They should lead by serving, thereby establishing a mindset of service in the rest.  
    Finally, Peter reminds the leaders that faithful, sacrificial service
    will be rewarded, for “when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall
    receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away” (v. 4).  
    May God continue to grant willing, faithful, sacrificial servants to lead each local flock. JDM

  • msfischer

    compliments Mr. Beck!  this (my original comment, just below: Church Leadership-August15, 2012 from a great source you might enjoy called, The Institute of Creation Research) arrived in my email just a few minutes ago, and i thought it right-on-the-mark to share it with you, regarding a passage you read from pg. 172 (of a book i didnt quite catch the name of) on your evening show a bit earlier this Tuesday night.  I pray for you, your family and staff each day, especially in the area of spiritual warfare for you, which i dont think i want to even take time to fully contemplate what that must bring to you!  Thank you for doing what is SO vital, but SO many times  awfully frightening -to be living in blind obedience, founded on faith, but often times by God’s voice offering only one portion to us at a time!  YIKEs!  but thank you!  and thank you for sharing and living your faith “out loud” as a workman who need not be ashamed!  You give encouragement as well as raw, faithful courage for many more than just myself, i’m sure! God bless!

  • Anonymous

    I found it entertaining and ironic to listen to glenn beck talk about real leadership when every negative trait he listed….
    ego, arrogance and self interest are perfect descriptors of glenn beck…

    Why don’t any of glenn’s mindless followers ever ask why he doesn’t run for public office?

  • Anonymous

    What a great description of a leader. I have no idea if Mitt Romney can be that kind of leader but pray that he will be. Thank you Glenn for striving to be a great leader to so many of us. I pray daily for you and your family.

  • landofaahs

    Here is an example of leadership.

    Romney should go to the convention and when giving his acceptance speech have a table next to the podium.  And on that table should contain his tax returns for the past 12 years, all college transcripts and a letter of release of all his school records from grade school through college.  Now on top of that stack he should place his passport along with his parents passports.  Then he should say “Mr. Obama, I will release all of these records when you do the exact same thing with your records”  Follow my lead Mr. Obama and either put up or shut up. 
    That would be leadership.

  • landofaahs

    Jesus is the best example of leadership.  Follow him alone and you get everything worth having for eternity.

  • Anonymous

    Beck is the worst example of leadership. When you say ego, arrogance and self-interest, Glenn Beck’s ears cannot stop ringing. 

  • SoThere

    Another intelligent post from a Liberal Progressive hatemonger.

    Strtlk is the face of Liberal Progressives in this country.

    Save America, vote Conservative.

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Revan

    So were half of our presidents elected and all most everyone that succeeds anywhere your point being what?

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Revan

    The only one we can truly trust. 

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Revan

    Why do you feel the need to judge others you never meet? 

  • Anonymous

    Point of what? I’m saying Beck is an hypocrite. That’s all. Of course, you knew that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kerry.l.williams.9 Kerry Lyn Williams

    Error.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kerry.l.williams.9 Kerry Lyn Williams

    Loved this — especially the last paragraph. What a beautiful way to describe a Christ-like leader and that last sentence makes you feel like you are sitting at the feet of Jesus. The Rabbi is a very wise man

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Revan

    So is everyone on a bad day. What makes him so deferent from everyone else?

  • http://twitter.com/LisaFitzgeral15 Lisa Fitzgerald

    Thank you Glenn for striving to be a great leader to so many of us. I pray daily for you and your family. http://HoursEnjoyMoneys.blogspot.com

  • landofaahs

    Amen.

  • landofaahs

    But Glenn is a piker compared to little o.  Obama has it in spades.

  • landofaahs

    Little thief in chief obama stole $712 Billion with a B from medicare to help pay for all the cronies of his including illegals.  How does it feel seniors, to finally realize the democrats are your true enemy who has been lying to you for decades. 

  • landofaahs

    Some people are never happy unless others share in their misery.

  • landofaahs

    I think he woke up in the wrong bed.

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Revan

    I know the type. Pain in the rear if you ask me.

  • https://TJOHARA.com/ T.J. O’Hara

    Your reading is a reinforcement of the truth.  I only wish that you wouldn’t limit your comparison to the two Party candidates.  It presumes that in a country of 310 million people, only two individuals, selected by their parties, represent the best leadership for our Nation.

    I would submit that the Parties’ track record in identifying leadership has been somewhat lacking in the past.  I would also encourage your followers to consider an alternative: an independent candidate who has gone to great lengths to insulate himself from the influence of Party politics and money; an independent candidate who is singularly focused on the best interest of the People as opposed to the best interest of a political Party; and an independent candidate who recognizes that the role of leadership is best defined by one’s ability to accept responsibility rather than assign blame and to bring people together to accomplish a goal that would otherwise be beyond their reach.

    I would be humbled if you and your followers would take the time to explore the alternative:

    http://TJOHARA.com
    https://www.facebook.com/ohara2012
    http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/president-people (including today’s article: “America: When would you like your wake-up call”)

    Our Nation has a choice. The main stream media has just chosen to suppress it.

  • Anonymous

    Americans will elect the leader who will be best promoted by the media, as always.

  • Anonymous

    Before you can have leadership in this country, you need to be a Patriotic American!

  • http://www.PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com/ FedsMadeSarahPalinClick4Proof

    Don’t ask this administration about leadership.. 

  • Anonymous

    I am voting for the person who will cut spending dramatically
    and who will impose a 1 cent sales tax on everyone so we
    can start paying off the principal on our debt which will
    automatically reduce the interest on that debt.  That is the
    only way we can save this country.

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Revan

    I came to a realization that is election is meaningless. The end is coming and all people can think of is this election I fear we lost sight of the one who is in charge and focused too much hope on one man. We need to turn to Christ first and the rest should follow and unless there is some great awakening this country may be doomed so this is what I going to concentrate on. I planted the seed in one heart and made a difference some time back and hope of doing more good. My only focus now is pointing to the life boat.
    Ryan

  • Anonymous

    Very nice description of a leader by Rabbi Simon Jaconson.  Everyone has varying opinions of what qualities a leader has.  I beleive that someone so humble, living simple but strong in beliefs, making sacrifices for the whole, being persecuted for others sins. enduring phsyical pain, while not striking back in defense is truly someone that should be followed.  

    In my opinion theres only a few people that have walked this beautiful planet of ours that come close to this description by Rabbi Jaconson.

    I am curious what others think of what a great leader is, and maybe some examples?

  • Anonymous

    A real leader is Jesus. A simple humble man with very few material possesions, believing every human on Earth has the ability to have their sins forgiven and be accepted into the kingdom of heaven.  I do believe Jesus was a vegitarian as well, my image of him is someone who donates all there time to the needy. Having only very simple cloth, shelter and diet only taking what he needs to get by.  Not being distracted by the material riches the Earth holds. while serving all his fathers children near and far.

  • landofaahs

    There is no reason to believe Jesus was a vegitarian. I know he cooked and ate fish and I believe there is meat at the passover meal.
    You are correct about his meager means of living. Yet there is something you either forget or don’t know and that is that serving the needy included the spiritual needs especially. The spiritual is more important than the physical. It is why Jesus told his followers to be satisfied with having food and clothing. He also said that no amount of fretting can add an inch to our height or one day to our lives. By that standard we don’t need healthcare insurance either. Put it in Jesus hands. We should certainly not use govt. to steal from others in order to get by ourselves.

  • landofaahs

    I don’t know if the end is near by our standards or not so I continue to live as though it still will continue andf that it won’t. We must continue the Master’s will.
    This country is headed for judgement, but I don’t know if that means the end or not. We could be Babylon or not, I’m not there yet.But yes we always point to our Savior Jesus Christ.

  • landofaahs

    Like all liberals, no matter what they get, it’s not enough to make them happy. It’s not in their nature because they lack the only thing that leads to joy.

  • Lioness

    You are so right on. This election cannot change the mindset of the individual. We could all change things even with Obama in office. All we would have to do is simply say we don’t want any more of your social programs, we’ll just take care of ourselves and others. Thanks but no thanks. I know it won’t happen, but it almost has to in order for a real revolution. We just can’t look to the government for all our needs anymore. The only other option is for the government to cut people off, but that won’t happen either, too many politicians looking to get reelected. So it’s all on us, it’ll take generations of education on self reliance to make a difference. But most likely and most unfortunate, people generally have to wait until everything goes to hell before they wake up.

  • Anonymous

    I believe your right about eating fish, very good point about serving peoples spiritual needs that shouln’t be overlooked.  It is very evident in Ethiopia where a very strong christian majority lives very simple, depending on Jesus for his promise of a heavenly afterlife. It gets people through the hardships of everyday life in an underdeveloped country.
    Also true about healthcare insurance, however the government does provide things in current situation of some taxes. And for a leader even spiritual leader where would you spend funds…
    Health, education, war, defence, elderly, infrustructure, disaster relief, prisons, food shelters, resource extraction.
    wwjd

    tough decisions for true leaders 

  • landofaahs

    As long as it does not pass through govt. hands where the thieves get their cut, I would tend to take it on a case by case basis. For instance if we are sending funds to our church in Africa, they may have certain needs particular to their problems. Always the spiritual takes first place but where water is to be found, wells make a good investment to allow them to care for the other needs freeing up resources for other things. You have to understand that govt.s here and there are corrupt and that they will act with commercial interests to screw over the local people which is why taxation is a terrible way to address these problems. Remember that govt.s are not interested in feeding the soul.

  • Anonymous

    The Rabbi sounds like a very wise man and has written words which will be hard for any person

    to fulfill.  However, we should look for a person who can best fit the description depicting a good

    leader.  Hard to find.  Many have qualities of one kind or another.  Have not seen any, as yet,

    who has all that have been set forth.           This is what one should have in a leader—one who

    ”does not seek followers.”  ”—doesn’t want control.”  “A true leader should be judged by what

    he has not: Ego, arrogance, and self-interest.”   This sounds a lot like our current ”leader.”

    Are there politicians around who do not have an ego?   Or self-interest?   Thought it went with

    the job.

  • Anonymous

    Jesus a vegetarian?  Why do you say that?  Didn’t he eat fish with his disciples?

    At the passover before his passion, didn’t he tell them to get ready the meal?

    The meal just about always includes lamb.  As an observant Jew, wouldn’t he

    eat that?   In his childhood, after his parents looked for him and found him in

    the Temple, didn’t the Bible say he went with them and ”was subject to them”? 

    That is obedient to them.  When his mother, Mary set meat on the table or fish,

    did he say he couldn’t eat it because he was a vegetarian?   And he often ate

    in the homes of others.  Surely, he wouldn’t tell his host that he couldn’t eat

    what was being served.    I know many vegetarians like the idea that Jesus may

    have also been a vegetarian, and that may have been a large part of his diet.

    However, he did eat meat.  It was part of the Jewish tradition in which he was

    raised.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carol-Morgan/100000253121773 Carol Morgan

     seems that it takes arrogance and ego to post over and over again in a forum when you don’t like the person or info they provide…if you don’t like Glenn Beck, then why not HUMBLE yourself and stop grasping for attention here like a spoiled child and go find a site or forum that better suits your taste and interest?

  • Anonymous

    Sorry…
    but unlike you, I don’t get my kicks from people sucking up to forums tastes.
    so…
    why don’t you click your heels together, throw on your white hood and have yourself a fine evening.

  • Anonymous

    I judge people by their actions and words.
    glenn beck is a horrible human being.
    his actions and words prove this.
    Enough said.

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Revan

    Just because you disagree with the man political views does not make him any of these things. I feel politics in this country got stupid because of this way of thinking if he does not agree with me than that makes him the anti-Christ stupidity does not help the discussion now does it? Does not solve any of the problems in this country that we now face and as far as I as see there is no place for it whether left or right.

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Revan

    That is why we are stuck with our choices people fear change and sometimes fear trying an old idea that PHD’s keep telling them it is outdated. How could freedom be outdated? How could self-reliance be outdated? The left don’t realize the Romans tried their way of government already and it did not work. we need to change the mind set in order to save the country.

  • SoThere

    Another ignorant post from a Liberal Progressive hatemonger.
    Strtlk is the face of Liberal Progressives in this country.
    Save America, vote Conservative.

  • SoThere

    Another strtlk vulgar post from a Liberal Progressive hatemonger.
    Strtlk is the face of Liberal Progressives in this country.
    Save America, vote Conservative.

  • SoThere

    Revan, if you read strtlks posts that he has judged himself to be a vulgar little hatemonger who lied about his military service (never served but claimed he did) and threatened the lives of Glenn Beck and the SCOTUS and actually threatened  to shut me up in a “face to face” confrontation.  I told him that I’d take him up on that, even set a time and place but as all moronic leftists do, he didn’t show up. (Chicken shit)

    Next he attacked my wife and children on this forum.

    He judges people for what they are and so do I, he a lying vulgar little man and a liberal Progressive who lives in Seattle Washington.  He and his ilk are the reason we need to Save America and Vote Conservative.

    I have all his posts to back up what I just posted here, in his own words. He’s a tick on the ass of humanity and a hatemonger.

    I thought you should know.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent.

  • new2la

    Glenn…what is a sagist?   I can’t find this word anywhere.   A sagest, the recommended word, means, ‘a superlative of sage’,  which doesn’t make sense.

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Revan

    I always read my replies So There and don’t really blame you going after him. He seems like a very dishonest man. There are some things I don’t like about Beck but he is just a man like us all who does make mistake like we all do. Keep up the good fight sir.

  • Karen Scott

    teach them to fish

  • Karen Scott

    Teaching them to fish

  • SoThere

    There are things that I don’t agree with Beck on also but strtlk is vulgar, a liar and just your typical Liberal Progressive hatemonger and troll.

    He also has the habit of threatening people and their families.

    Thanks for your reply Revan. :)

  • http://youtu.be/vLxdxw4Gj6g Revan

    Follow this profile I pick up an idiot.

  • Anonymous

    “Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.” will rogers

  • Anonymous

    please keep your spam off this site!

  • new2la

    The only thing that convinces me is that every single time you post, it convinces me how very backwards you are. Is it possible you were born with your top and your bottom reversed?

  • msfischer

     when one’s words and actions move hand-in-hand, there is little room to call that person a hypocrite.  restoring honor?  restoring courage?  restoring love?  judge a man by the content of his character? any of the ring any bells for you?  did you happen to read the original comment that started this thread?

  • Anonymous

    Well. Beck has no honor, as he constantly attacks the faults of others that he himself has. Furthermore, he exploits people sense of nationalism and religion for his personal benefit (fame, money, power). He has no courage, as he hides behind his website and his publications to demean fellow Americans, misinterpreting viciously their words, without giving them the benefit of dialogue. His monologues in front of his chalkboard in which he accuses people of being anti-American is proof of this. And lastly, love? There is no one out there with more hate against Obama pouring out of their media outlets. Beck is the prime example of an hypocrite. He professes a restoration of love, while love is eternal and infallible. Love doesn’t need Beck’s restoration. He’s got you all fooled. Wake up!

  • jiujie798

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