How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.  And those who find it are few.

Mt 7:13

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Ever wonder why those who profess to be leaders disappoint and fail so miserably?  The answer is simple: they have no resemblance to anything heroic.  They lack maturity.  Their lives are devoid of experiences that produce any depth.  These childish empty vessels are abundant in a culture of appearance and consumption, privileged education, dubious status symbols, superficial ideologies and TV talking heads.

Heroes are people of notable deeds, either physical or spiritual. In the former one undergoes a life of courageous acts, in the latter one lives experiences that bring the person to challenges that grow the spirit, expand understanding beyond the mortal world, teach wisdom and provide insight.  Leaders who disappoint and fail have neither – and we have plenty of them.  One need only see the calamity, inertia, timidity, contradictions, misrepresentations to know: no leadership here.

The narrow gate.

Yes, to lead one must pass through the narrow gate of the hero, through extraordinary life experiences which give insight and put the soul on display. In the hero insight flows and wisdom comes easily.  The journey through the narrow gate presents this.

Some people spend a life time of challenging experiences.  They are special. They teach each day.  They share themselves easily and freely.  They are full of peace and compassion.  They see beyond the material and live beyond the material.  What they know they share and they always help.

Heroes have had to journey alone, living by their wits – and in their heart.  It is this which gives them uncommon savvy.  It is this that gives them calm and daring, the courage to decide and patience when it is needed.

The narrow gate.

In primitive cultures the hero undergoes a ritual which passes them from childhood to maturity.  Oh how we need such in this culture – where leaders may well have never exceeded Peter Pan – children all their lives.  No leadership there.

The point about transiting from childhood to maturity is this: leaders, like heroes, must attain full psychological maturity – put away childish games, come to possess a presence that is organic and natural.

Leadership cannot be staged, no more than a hero can be created. Leaders and heroes are authentic, distinctive – they command our attention, if we are smart.

Dependence, by the way, is the opposite of the heroic and mature and those who foster dependence tell you they themselves are immature and far from heroic.  No leadership there.

Through the narrow gate is courage, responsibility, resurrection, – leadership, the heroic.

Turn aside those who know not the narrow gate – they only mislead and deconstruct.

Shalom.

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