Pope Appoints 20 New Cardinals: How to Lead Change
Pope Francis appoints 20 cardinals at a Vatican ceremony, boosting the number of men from developing nations in the group that will elect his successor.
While I believe that Pope Francis believes in what he says, one has to wonder about what the motivations were behind the cardinals who elected him to office. Regardless, this is an excellent template for how to bring about positive changes within organizations. It requires bottom up demand, followed by an internal change at the top of the organization in logic or in perspective, with actions flowing from the top of the organization leading to the actual changes in personnel and attitude that is needed by the general populace whom the organization serves.
In the case of the Catholic Church, it seems that the leadership recognized an opportunity for their organization to rise again above the fray of scandal and poor management. If an organization is to change, there has to be a demand for that change on the bottom and the top has to be willing and able to acknowledge and work with that demand in order to make it happen. The plane cannot fly if it violates the laws of physics and the designers must design planes in accordance with the laws of physics in order to get them to fly. Likewise, organizations of humans have certain natural laws about them, and policy makers and leaders must obey those social laws in order to preserve, support, maintain, and grow the society in healthful and sustainable ways. Otherwise, the society collapses, and the leadership becomes out of a job, if not their actual lives.
Therefore, I think that the actions of this Pope have been masterful at bringing the organizational logic of the Catholic Church more into alignment with the natural laws of humanity and human society. He’s using his authority wisely and effectively to steer and encourage the people beneath him in the organization to fall into line and regain the legitimacy and acceptability of the Catholic Church amongst the general population of the human species. All that is needed is for the Church to not go over the line when they have succeeded in regaining the trust of humanity and fall back into a pattern of cyclical abuse and apologies. That is, arguably, the greater challenge, since no present individual will have the ability to control that development and growth once they are dead or removed from official office.
If only our own social leadership could and would take these kinds of actions to create a happier, healthier, and more sustainable and functional society.
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