Since time immemorial, leaders around the globe had been viewed as a ruler, someone who sits comfortable in a throne and being held in high regard with which they claim such vast power over their subordinates. Time had passed and some remained in that mindset while others changed the course of what a true leader should be.
Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s more than 1 billion Catholics around the world is one of the few who drastically changed the leadership in the Catholic Church. Viewed as a progressive and a ‘Millennial” Pope, the Holy See is a leader whom one can see humility work at its finest. He had visited places in unchartered waters and gave the laurel leaf to those who view faiths differently. He did walk the extra mile for the least, the last, and the lost. With this kind of leadership and drastic change, it opened up and brought back the Catholic Church in the real world of today.
There are also world leaders who had done the same path in their own countries like Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Ghandi, Princess Diana, and Winston Churchill. These are the people who humbly accepted the role of a leader and served their people with utmost responsibility and humility.
In the academe, we can also be good leaders and servants. As school heads and managers of educators, we can learn a thing or two from these iconic leaders who serves unselfishly for the greater good of the school and community. We can also be good examples for students when they carry out leadership in student government bodies or organizations.
As we lurch toward the advent of the new millennia, may we continue to pass on the torch of leadership to our younger stewards and may the light from that torch be the unceasing wisdom that we have acquired as educators. Indeed, education is life-long learning so as to what leadership really stands for.