TITLE: Offering Grace and Hope AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: January 22, 2006 11:44 AM DESC: Being a leader can be hard work. What you do affects people's lives and hearts. ----- BODY: Two quotes have been running through my mind the last few days, as I have worked on letters of evaluation for faculty on the tenure track or up for promotion:
[Leaders] provide a measure of grace as the antidote to the behavior of people who poison our society with disgrace.
Steeling oneself to become what one is not requires hope. Leaders can give it.
Anyone who thinks that being a manager or a department chair doesn't come with a lot of moral responsibility misunderstands the task. (Both quotes are from Leadership Jazz, by Max De Pree, a book I'll write more about later.) -----