Leaders need to watch dogs of injustice.

Effective leaders have to step and make hard choices when the time is necessary. No time is more necessary than when people’s rights are being threatened. This particular example is described in the work place and deals directly with women’s rights. In Kellye Whitney’s article, “Punished for being pretty.” a famous woman volleyball players career is threatened because she is beautiful. Whitney argues that women, whether beautiful or not, should be allowed to go about their regular business without any repercussions based solely on their appearance.

It’s not always easy to speak out against what the majority are supporting especially when our opinions might be the unpopular ones. As leaders its essential to stand up for basic rights for men and women. Speaking up and doing the right thing is not always easy. Even one of Jesus’s twelve disciples couldn’t do it and denied God three times in front of crowd. Again this was the popular crowd that didn’t want to acknowledge Jesus as the son of God. As leaders we have to internal fortitude and courage to make the necessary decisions in the name of good.

I’m not suggesting hypervigilance but I believe leaders need to be the outspoken of injustice. We don’t have to be in extreme situations as Judas was it can be as simple as starting with speaking out to help somebody.Leaders need to have courage and the ability to speak out and make the hard choices when necessary.

 

References

Whitney, K. (2014). Punished for being pretty. Diversity executive. Retrieved from http://talentmgt.com/blogs/11-at-whit-s-end/post/6674-punished-for-being-pretty

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  1. jacob22 says:

    This was an excellent post, I agree that leaders need to be the voice of reason and speak out against injustice. No one promises that it is an easy decision, but the right decisions are usually the toughest to follow through on. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31: 8-9, New International Version). As you stated even a man of faith like Peter struggled with this notion, it shows that we are all human and make mistakes. Even the closest friends of Jesus made the wrong choice when push came to shove. Peter’s story is in the Bible to remind us that not only will we make mistakes, but there is forgiveness and grace in those times. As Christian leaders we need to make sure that the decisions we make are with God’s heart in mind, rather than the world’s heart. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing, and perfect will” (Romans 12:2, NIV).
    A lot of our decision making as leaders is based on perspective and we need to understand that as leaders we will be placed in situations where our character will be tested. Rather than seeing this as a negative, we should take the approach that making the right decisions in difficult times is a character builder; “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4, NIV). By taking this perspective we are able to see that God is using us to advance His kingdom and we need to make decisions that honor him. “It’s crucial for a leader to act on core values, not convenient ones” (Sire, 2009, p. 162). By applying this concept to our everyday decision making we can ensure that that we will not only speak up and be the voice against injustice, but also that we are doing so in a manner that honors our Lord.

    References
    Sire, J. (2009). The Universe Next Door (Fifth ed.). Downers Grove, Illinois: Intervarsity Press, USA.

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