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Non-reactive Leadership Comment Article

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Leadership Foundations

Leadership Foundations

In the traffic of our days
may we attend to each thing
so that patterns are revealed
amidst the offerings of chance.

Rainer Maria Rilke, “Orchard and Road”

We are pleased to share that Comment Magazine recently published an essay by LF president, Dave Hillis, entitled Nonreactive Leadership: Lessons from René Girard and St. Ignatius of Loyola.

In a world that seems irretrievably reactive, Dave describes the kind of leadership of which our world is in desperate need. Throughout 2022, we will be exploring this theme of Non-reactive Leadership, drawing from the deep well of historic and contemporary thinkers, along with the many experienced urban practitioners throughout the LF global network.

We hope you will join us in this dialogue and journey.

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What book, movie, quote, or tv show has most shaped your understanding of leadership or the city?   

A quote that has shaped my understanding of leadership and the city is, “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”

While the amount of work there is to do to transform cities is great, this quote reminds me that we are freed from having to complete it all, though our obligation to continue remains. We may never see a huge transformation in our lifetime. The work stretches far beyond us. However, this does not make our acts of faithfulness in the day to day less significant, no matter how small they may seem.