The Rule Of Saint Benedict… on Leadership.

There are SO MANY passages from this book that could be applied to LEADERSHIP! Here are just a few that jumped out at me when I read and read again through the book:

In the Prologue, “First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to him most earnestly to bring it to perfection.”p.3

Chapter 2 “Furthermore, anyone who receives the name of abbot is to lead his disciples by a twofold teaching: he must point out to them all that is good and holy more by example than by words… And also this… The abbot should avoid all favoritism in the monastery.”p.9

“He must know what a difficult and demanding burden he has undertaken: directing souls and serving a variety of temperaments, coaxing, reproving and encouraging them as appropriate.”p.10 

Chapter 62, “He (the visiting monk) may, indeed, with all humility and love make some reasonable criticism or observation, which the abbot should prudently consider; it is possible that the Lord guided him to the monastery for this very purpose.” P.59

Chapter 68, “A brother may be assigned a burdensome task or something he cannot do.  If so, he should, with complete gentleness and obedience, accept the order given him.  Should he see, however, that the weight of the burden is altogether too much for his strength, then he should choose the appropriate moment and explain patiently to his superior the reasons why he cannot perform the task.  This he ought to do without pride, obstinacy or refusal.  If after the explanation the superior is still determined to hold to his original order, then the junior must recognize that this is best for him.  Trusting in God’s help, he must in love obey.”pp.66,67

I would also have to note that chapter 7, which happens to be the longest chapter, covers a topic most crucial to leadership; that being Humility.  A wonderful paper written by Corne J. Bekker, that highlights the topic of humility can be found by following this link:

It quotes a book by the title “The Benedictine Rule of Leadership: Classic Management Secrets You Can Use Today,” written by Galbraith and Galbraith.  They translated the Rules’ twelve steps of humility in a very modern and simple way, beautifully applying them for leaders today:

1.      Revere the simple rules
2.      Reject your personal desires
3.      Obey others
4.      Endure affliction
5.      Confess your weakness
6.      Practice contentment
7.      Learn self reproach
8.      Obey the common rule
9.      Understand that silence is golden
10.  Meditate on humility
11.  Speak simply
12.  Act humbly in appearance

I strongly encourage everyone to check out the above mentioned paper and the book, which portions of can be found here: THE BENEDICTINE RULE OF LEADERSHIP


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