Blessing #18: A Blessing for a Leader

"May you have the grace and wisdom

To act kindly, learning

To distinguish between what is

Personal and what is not. 


May you be hospitable to criticism. 


May you never put yourself

at the center of things.  


May you act not from arrogance

but out of service.  


May you work on yourself,  

Building up and refining

the ways of your mind.


May those who work for you know

You see and respect them. 


May you learn to cultivate the art of presence

In order to engage with those who meet you. 


When someone falls or disappoints you, 

May the graciousness with which you engage

Be their stairway to renewal and refinement. 


May you treasure the gifts of the mind

Through reading and creating and thinking

So that you continue as a servent of the frontier

Where the new will draw its enrichment from the old, 

And you never become a functionary. 


May you know the wisdom of deep listening, 

The healing of wholesome words, 

The encouragement of the appreciative gaze, 

The decorum of held dignity, 

The springtime edge of the bleak question. 


May you have a mind that loves frontiers

So that you can evoke the bright fields

That lie beyond the view of the regular eye. 


May you have good friends

To mirror your blind spots. 


May leadership be for you

A true adventure of growth.