Quotes On Friendship, Leadership, & Discerning


We all need friends with whom we can speak of our deepest concerns, and who do not fear to speak the truth in love to us.
- Margaret Guenther, Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction

A leader is a fellow who refuses to be crazy the way everybody else is crazy and tries to be crazy in his own crazy way.
- Peter Maurin, from "Easy Essay" in The Catholic Worker

We would do well not to be enamored by the kind of leadership that is so prized by politicians and CEOs, the kind that is conspicuous and, as we say, "effective." Forget about charisma, go for character.
- Eugene Peterson, The Unnecessary Pastor (adapted)

The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say "I." And that's not because they have trained themselves not to say "I." They don't think "I." They think "we"; they think "team." They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don't sidestep it, but "we" gets the credit. … This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.
- Peter Drucker, Managing the Nonprofit Organization

The very first thing which needs to be said about Christian ministers of all kinds is that they are "under" people (as their servants) rather than "over" them (as their leaders, let alone their lords). Jesus made this absolutely plain. The chief characteristic of Christian leaders, he insisted, is humility not authority, and gentleness not power.
- John Stott, The Gospel and the End of Time

He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes.
- Chinese Proverb

A belief that God acts with purpose in this world must lead to attempts, however feeble, to discern how my own actions might be attuned to God's one action.
- William Barry in Presence

Discerning and acting on God's will does not mean you'll never have difficult days or feel lousy sometimes. But choosing to live in alignment with God makes you more joyful, compassionate, and peaceful, even on bad days.
- Debra K. Farrington, Hearing with the Heart

God guides us first through his Word, then through our heartfelt desires, then the wise counsel of others, and then our circumstances. At that point we must rely on our own sound judgment… . God gave each of us a brain, and he expects us to put it to good use.
- Bruce K. Waltke, Finding the Will of God

A Talent may be so great that it propels a person forever down one path, as is the case with some artists. But even for these extraordinary folks, call determines whether and how they use their gifts.
- Elizabeth O'Connor, Cry Pain, Cry Hope

Circumstance and coincidence may cause us to be in the right place at the right time to do God's work in a specific way.
- Suzanne Farnham, Listening Hearts

God is always calling us! But there are distinctive moments in this call of his, moments which leave a permanent mark on us—moments which we never forget.
- Carlo Carretto, Letters from the Desert

In His will is our peace.
- Dante, The Divine Comedy: Paradise