Leading for the sake of heaven

Real name
Gail A. Fisher

I am reminded of a vacation homeowners association I was part of 20 years ago in another state.  The community was having its roads paved, and the president of the association arranged to have his driveway paved at the same time.  The other owners were outraged!  Is the president really in it for his own benefit - is he siphoning off services from vendors as they come through the community - or is he genuinely focused on what's best for the shared space that we all enjoyed?  In the present context, was he serving for the sake of Heaven or for his own personal aggrandizement?

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Real name
William Berkson

William Berkson replied 4 months 1 week ago

Good question. I think this relates to Hillel's "If I am not for myself, who is for me? And being for myself, what am I? And if not now when?" Even George Washington, who was a model of integrity as a leader said he was anxious to be honored by his fellow man—and women. I think there are two key issues: First, is the person seeing to achieve admiration by deserving it, as Lincoln—another model—said he was anxious to do. Second is any benefit that comes to the person not at the expense of the benefit to the group he or she is serving. In this case, did the association president pay for his own paving, and did he let others know they could do the same?