“In a monumental and unanticipated way Pope Francis is changing the tired conversations of the past and inviting us to engage in a process of healing so desperately needed in our world today. Almost single-handedly he is changing the way in which people view Catholicism.”
In an interview for America Magazine, the pope explained that, “the thing the Church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful.” He sees the church as a “field hospital after battle.”
“It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds.”
Notice how Pope Francis uses a vibrant sensory metaphor—the church as a field hospital after battle—and links it to a specific call to action—heal the wounds. Do you see how he directly appeals to the Catholic mission of ministering to the poor and vulnerable? By stepping away from church dogma and instead tapping into what Catholics can do in order to matter he creates a positive vision for the future that inspires.
But research tells us that when people at every level feel they can contribute to achieving the vision, their ownership and commitment to execution grows exponentially. For a motivating and rewarding future for all, ensure that your group’s desires become part of the mosaic of your vision.
How can you hook your leadership goals to the aspirations of your team members? Spend the time to find out what they need and what they want to create an inspiring vision for all.
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