This is the day of Netzach within Malchut, endurance within nobility. Today I am thinking about how I use my authority and leadership. It is not enough to lead, one must lead toward something – toward a goal that makes the world a bit closer to what it should be.
Anyone who has ever taken on a job of authority knows the conundrum. Do leaders lead in order to keep things going as they have been, or do they lead in order to transform and move people forward to new places? To use a common sports metaphor, do we limit ourselves to "blocking and tackling," or do we try to change the parameters of the game itself?
Practically speaking, we have to do both. If we don't do sound and honest maintenance of institutions, there is no chance of ever moving forward. On the other hand, institutions that exist just to keep themselves going don't last long in a world that is defined by change. More importantly, the don't fulfill the universal mission of making our world a better place.
We need leaders, but we also need leaders with a vision worth following.
On this 46th Day of the Counting of the Omer, I commit to making my leadership worthy of the name – not to stay still, but to lead others in moving forward to a vision of becoming better people in a better community in a better world.
May this be a day for you in which you consider the many different ways in which you are a leader. May you find inspiration to take others toward their highest aspirations.
For the introduction to the Counting of the Omer, click on this link:
The First Day of the Counting of the Omer