I focused my reading on section three of our text, “The Variability of Leadership: What’s Core and Contingent” because in the pastorate the variables are many, the need to exegete the community and situations are critical, and the need to discern what is core for a life-giving community are very similar to sustainable businesses. Therefore, I hoped to gain some insights into these areas for my interests and D.Min. project.
With the array of organization and national variables leaders or aspiring ones will face, a political firestorm awaits them in part because they may not be what was expected, they may not have the personal or personality capacity needed for the need or community, or they may have been elevated to a position because of past successes. The leader’s new place may be a misfit for the long run, yet what can come from the experience will likely add to the transformative capacity for future servant-leader opportunities.
If the goal of a leader is to help an organization to move forward in a healthy direction given a complex array of variables, barriers, and constraints what is it we are really wanting to give our lives for? I mean with all the challenges what are we fighting for as leaders and managers who lead in efficiencies what is an effective, aspiration to move towards? “An emerging body of scholarship suggests that the most effective style of leadership in today’s world is “transformational” (Avolio et al., 2004; Luthans and Avolio, 2003; May et al., 2003). Leaders who take this approach emphasize gaining the trust and confidence of followers and empowering them to develop their own potential.”  If transformation is the goal, and I will add healthy transformation, will we look for who will accept us, or will we fight for roles regardless of our acceptance. Jesus Christ took both positions (Matthew 10:14-15, Mark 6:5, John 3:16). Will people of opposites force their way into positions for their own accolades? Or will they recognize what is needed for healthy transformation and seek to discern the will of the environmental factors to find healthy synchronicity and transformation?
The powerful song “This Is Me” is an unforgettable show tune featured in The Greatest Showman, the smash movie musical loosely based on the life of P. T. Barnum and his traveling circus. The lyrics are sung by characters in the film who had suffered verbal taunts and abuse for failing to conform to societal norms. It appeared that those who did not seem to fit what the community wanted could never really appreciate what the circus had to offer, at least in the film. The service provided by the entertainers was a temporary state of forgetfulness that offered to transform the stress of the audience to smiles and amazement.
I heard Rep. John Glen say one time, “It is what is, but will be what we make it.” I agree and disagree, both wholeheartedly. Leaders are relationally effective, resilient, and know when to quit.
 Nohria Nitin, Rakesh Khurana, “Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice,” (Kindle Locations 7530-7531), Kindle Edition.