“People in the trenches are usually in touch with impending changes early.”
“The person who is the star of previous era is often the last one to adapt to change, the last one to yield to logic of a strategic inflection point and tends to fall harder than most.”
– Andrew S. Grove, Only the Paranoid Survive
Yesterday’s homily was as much about leadership as it was about the Gospel and Forgiveness Sunday.
A great leader is always at the bottom of the pyramid, carrying the burdens of his people. He is always in touch with his people. He knows their strengths and frailties. He always places his people in positions to succeed. He never abandons his people. As a consequence, he is seldom surprised.
A great leader does not need “yes men” or sycophants around him. The latter, sycophants, reinforce the routinier.
The greatest leaders in history always remain true to the mission and are willing to adjust tactics and strategy to fulfill the mission – think of St. Paul. If the leader is a man of God, he remains true to God’s church, which He established, and it’s holy traditions and Holy Traditions and its canons.
And that is why the following post is so easily and often updated:
Summary “Much as Orthodox theology is understood as the mystical encounter with the incarnate Christ, Son of the eternal Father, through the Spirit of Truth, so Orthodox ecclesiology is understood in incarnational and trinitarian terms. The Church is the body of Christ, offered ‘for the life of the world’, in which the world finds life…