We are all familiar with the prototypical images of spiritual leaders of Orisa Lifestyle, wearing traditional gowns, carrying icons and emblems of authority. Today, however, spiritual leadership manifests in people of many persuasions. The social worker, with tatoos from wrist to elbow, driving a black muscle car just might be a priest of Sango. The understated accountant, wearing glasses and a conservative dark pants suit might be wearing powerful Ifa charms on her body. The point is, you cannot tell a book by looking at the cover, so focus on spiritual development, not on how you or your shrine looks.
The key word here is spiritual development, which is synonymous with growth and change. Remember, evolution is a function of adaptability, not strength. Stated differently spiritual leaders are most needed at those pivotal transition points, when people desperately need guidance and support. In my 20 years' experience as a human services professional, I have found that when it comes to providing spiritual leadership, what really matters is your ability to create enthusiasm, empower other people, instill confidence and inspire the people you serve to be the best they can be under ANY and ALL circumstances. If you've ever been on the front lines of a crisis situation, you know that can be a very tall order. Likewise, however, you might have also noticed that there are some things great spiritual leaders do every day. Check out these five keys for spiritual leadership and let me know what you think: