A Leader’s Prayer – Submission by Willie Heard IV

I’d like to draw our attention to the many leaders that are being challenged, questioned, and pushed in this hour as the weight of responsibility has drastically increased. The pressure to perform and bring ease to the world has increased as spiritual leaders are tasked with inspiring hope, political leaders have their hands full, and medical professionals search for answers. Leaders are not defined as the dominant, controlling ones in power but all of us show up as leaders in one way or another. We are all tasked with finding and making the appropriate decision during this time. We may even question, what are the appropriate decisions and measures to take? While we contemplate what is in our best interest to thrive as a people, It is important that our leadership is driven with the guiding principle of love. It is when we can take up an ethic of neighbor love by doing our best to serve one another then successful leadership is completed. Love is compassion. Love is encouragement. Love is sharing in joy and sorrow. We are all in a time of need and stress and in order for humanity to unite, we must pick up one of the greatest commandments.

A Leader’s Prayer

Leadership is hard to define.
Lord, let us be the ones to define it with justice.
Leadership is like a handful of water.
Lord, let us be the people to share it with those who thirst.
Leadership is not about watching and correcting.
Lord, let us remember it is about listening and connecting.
Leadership is not about telling people what to do.
Lord, let us find out what people want.
Leadership is less about the love of power,
and more about the power of love.

Lord, as we continue to undertake the role of leader let us be
affirmed by the servant leadership we witness in your son Jesus.
Let us walk in the path He has set and let those who will, follow.

Let our greatest passion be compassion.
Our greatest strength love.
Our greatest victory the reward of peace.

In leading let us never fail to follow.
In loving let us never fail.

-Orlando Diocesan Council of Catholic Women in America.