A spiritual approach to leadership

Ryder Stevens, C.S.

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Drawing on his 23 years as a military chaplain—working with other leaders and being a leader himself—Ryder Stevens responded to concerns about candidates for the US presidency, and how to overcome feelings of fear or disappointment with the election outcome. Other questions explored the role of leadership in the home, church, and the community—and what happens when no one wants to take on that responsibility.

Prayer for government, including leaders with whom one doesn’t agree, and questions about how to develop leadership skills for job-related assignments also were part of the conversation. In his responses, Ryder makes the point that besides thinking about elected leaders, we need to ask ourselves how much we are being leaders in our communities and in the other places we go. He says, “Sometimes our examples of kindness and consideration can do an awful lot because it’s living those spiritual qualities God gave us.”

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