Archive | April, 2011

What Makes a Good House President?

29 Apr

Being in the thick of the selection process for next year’s House Presidents has forced a valuable question to rise to the surface:  What makes a good house president?  Is it someone’s ability to speak eloquently in front of others?  To what extent do their administrative skills factor in?  Can they effectively communicate?  Do they know the ins and outs of Vision 16?  While these are considerations, certainly, the question “What makes a good house president?” is really a nuanced version of the question “What makes a good leader?”

The world views leadership as an ascent to the top; the prevailing thought is that leaders rise to places of prominence and power, that they move further and further away from those they are leading.  Ask someone who comes to mind when they hear the word “leader,” and they’ll tell you about the head of their company, they’ll mention heads of state, or they’ll tell you about someone with a title.

We, however, have been shown a different model; Jesus has shown us a different way.  He tells us that leadership is not an ascent to places of prominence, but a descent to the role of servant: “…whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave–just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…”  Even this interesting and helpful article out of the Harvard Business School about leadership misses the role of service and closeness to those being led.

Who wants to make the descent into leadership?


Vision 16 is blogging!

28 Apr

Come here for upcoming events, pertinent information, and topics for discussion.  The hope is for this to be a place to connect the greater Vision 16 community.  The blog will be updated regularly, so keep checking back!