Spiritual leadership vs. enlightened leadership for Millennials
I was reading an article today about Millennials identifying with being more spiritual than religious, and was struck by what that means to mainstream churches and to our country as a whole. I wonder if those Millennials are seeking spiritual alternatives to Christianity, or are the majority saying they are Christian while not actually practicing that particular religion.
What is it that the church is not fulfilling in these young people that is causing them to leave in droves? Or, is the question more along the lines of what is the church giving them that they cannot align with their own values and therefore they are removing themselves from the energy of that line of thinking? I found it interesting that the majority of those identifying Christianity as their belief structure don’t identify faith or spirituality as a value that is important to them.
I am more interested in knowing what it is that Millennials DO value, and what is really important to them. These are the values and priorities that will be used as decision points for these young people as they move in to positions of leadership.
- Do they value the attributes that contribute to the intrinsic integrity of an enlightened leader?
- Do they have the wherewithal to lead intentionally and consciously, creating a vision with the help of their colleagues?
- Can they let go of their own ego-driven needs to know, and learn from others, letting them contribute to the greater good?
- Can they trust and be trusted? Can they trust themselves to know the truth of our reality?
- Is it possible for them to let go of the need to be right, and be effective?
- Are they able to be who they really are?
- Do they yet recognize the interdependence and connectedness of humankind?
- Do they know that the Universe works?
In my mind, the religious beliefs/dogma matter very little. What matters to me is the integrity of the person, and their ability to lead well. They cannot do that without recognizing the power and light of the spirit in all of us; the inherent worth and dignity of every one of us. Enlightened leaders appreciate people, and know that their role is to support their people. If that is how Millennials define spirituality, I’m okay with that.
Georgia Feiste, owner of Collaborative Transitions Coaching, Inc., located in Lincoln, NE, is a life transitions coach, writer, and workshop facilitator. She specializes in career and personal life transitions for people seeking change in their life. Georgia is uniquely skilled in providing support and encouragement as her clients set intentional goals to attain their desires, holding open the space they need to stretch and grow. Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life. Her website is http://www.collaborativetransitions.com, where she blogs about business and career, and http://www.rainbowbridgecoach.com , where she and many other coaches blog about mind, body, spirit and emotion. Georgia can be reached at (402) 484-8098.