A Shared Responsibility

We share responsibility for creating the external world by projecting either a spirit of light or a spirit of shadow on that which is other than us. We project either a spirit of hope or a spirit of despair…We have a choice about what we are going to project, and in that choice we help create the world that is. A leader is a person who has an unusual degree of power to project on other people shadow or light. A leader must take special responsibility for what’s going on inside his/her own self, inside his/her consciousness, lest the act of leadership create more harm than good.  Conger, Spirit at Work: Discovering Spirituality in Leadership

Workplace Spirituality has become a hot topic in recent years.  As leaders across industry are pressed to provide a triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit, the nurture of spirit (as well as body, mind and emotions) is increasingly recognized as central to unleashing previously untapped capacity to engage and lead change.

But, as we know, the leader’s power to choose what spirit is projected cannot be fully grasped apart from core identity, character, and call born of what we believe.  Whether consciously or unconsciously, we are shaped by what we believe.  Likewise, our ways of being and behaving are informed by what we believe.  Belief is not a lesser form of knowledge!

The deeper challenge is our actions do not always mirror what we profess to believe.  As spiritual leaders, we know that intimacy, generativity, and integrity depend on connecting soul with Source.  Yet, how much time do we really invest in our relationships with self, Source and others?  My question to us as spiritual leaders is: Are we being intentional in our own spiritual formation, while also encouraging those with whom we live and work to be intentional about their formation?  Are we (truly!) committed to the time apart to dwell?  Or do we approach our spiritual care in a haphazard manner?  Either way, we are formed accordingly.