Does businesses need spiritual leaders today? The answer is definitely a big yes. Those who managed old style capitalist systems, with their sterile assumptions about human nature and ‘narrow’ reliance on mechanistic philosophies, cannot lead us through the human and the global challenges facing societies and business organizations today. We need new kinds of leaders.
Suppose we take for granted, that ‘global businesses have money and have ‘real’ power to make significant differences in today’s troubled world.’
Elevating the corporate soul, will definitely envisage an approach that businesses raise their sights above the ‘bottom-line’ in order to become much, much more value-oriented, and have higher proportions of ‘servant leaders’ – leaders, who serve not only just colleagues, employees, products, and customers, but also the community, the planet, humanity, our future, and life itself, in general.
Thus, inarguably, the consistent failures of politicians and law-makers to reach these laudable goals, currently compel religious leaders to both lead churches and establish educational institutions.
At the same time, perform a myriad of other commercial activities such as ‘superintending’ over credit unions, insurance arrangements, etc. and the promotion of microfinance chores or duties in our Chapels these days.
Quite interesting to observe when the organize Harvesting programs. If they are able to achieve results, there is then, no reason why they cannot manage corporate business entities efficiently and successfully.
The challenge, however, is whether Christ’s salvation is a deviation from what they preach and do today, to make our lives batter? No, it is rather the confirmation of mankind’s opportunities for creativity and our divine obligation to exercise our dominion over earthly circumstances, plants, and animals, etc.
Nonetheless, the bottom-line criterion for business will almost always, be tagged to material solvency and decent profits. That the main purposes of enterprises. Business, as we all expect it to be, is societies engine of wealth creation, but wealth is also conceptually ‘broader than mere wads of money’.
‘Solvency and profit, therefore, leave room for maximizing human meaning of life, social service, quality of life, enjoyment of work, and for not merely amassing materials, but also social and spiritual capital, and thereby contributing again to the common well-being and self-organizing wholesome creativity of our ‘Life on Earth’ to the glory of our Creator.
That I believe is the true purpose of our modern day churches doing business in chapels, vice versa, in developing countries across the world.
Subsequently, leaders who restore the appeal to religiousness and to religion in corporate life, and, therefore, make it fashionable will be the world’s most treasured role models.
They will surely succeed in not just with their personal charisma and financial rewards, but by necessarily articulating core business values and principles worthy of support, as well as the identification of exciting missions, or even by creatively painting inspiring visions on chapels walls,
By arousing congregants’ passions for their (the church leaders’) calls and causes of viewing churches as modes of businesses.