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English: Pope Benedict XVI during general audition

English: Pope Benedict XVI during general audition (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the significant news items of this week so far has been the announcement by Pope Benedict XVI.  Internet has been buzzing for over 24 hours  with thoughts and reactions to this announcement.  Since this has not occurred for approximately 600 years, no one is totally sure what it means and exactly what all the details related to this action might be.  I am not interested in this post to debate the details of his actions or the impact it may have on the Roman Catholic Church or the Christian community.  What I am interested in is seeing an important example in his actions.

Arguably, the Pope is one of the world leaders that attracts much attention.  His statements, his actions, and his decisions are scrutinized and discussed both inside and outside of the Christian faith.  So when he makes the decision to resign, it is something which should draw our attention.  I have definitely not been a supporter of many of his decisions as a leader during the last eight years but I must applaud his example in this decision.  He has shown leaders that there is more about leadership than themselves.

Pause a moment and consider the significance of the decision that he has announced this week.  This man has dedicated all of his life to the  Roman Catholic Church and his Christian faith.  On April 19, 2005, he was elevated to the highest office of the Roman Catholic Church which at the end of 2011 claimed a membership of 1.196 billion people internationally.  He has the ultimate power and authority over the organization and his decisions/actions can not be questioned or reversed during his time as Pope.  Not many individuals or leaders would ever want to relinquish that power and authority even if they retain it for altruistic reasons.  Yet, this man has made that decisions.

I think sometimes leaders lose sight of the reason they are called to lead.  A leader brings gifts and talents that are intended to be used to move the organization forward in a positive direction.  Yes, there may be bumps along the way and set backs will occur but ultimately a leader is to lead forward.  When a person’s ability to lead forward and fulfill the expectations of her/his office falters, a leader should examine if his/her tenure in the office should come to an end.  According, to Pope Benedict’s statement, he believes that his health has reduced his ability to effectively lead so he will resign on February 28, 2013.  Instead of remaining in office and limping along, he has decided to move aside and allow a new leader to be chosen.

What an amazing example.  All leaders should take a lesson from Pope Benedict about true leadership.