A Cry For Wise Leaders

by  Cassandra Ferguson  |  Change Management
A Cry for Wise Leaders

The call went out about 2pm on April 27. Social media sites such as Twitter were at high velocity proclaiming a shut-down in Baltimore due to a threat of a possible riot. Major companies like T. Rowe Price, Legg Mason, and several others felt fear for their employees and advised them to get home quickly. I

was in class and our teacher was asked to step out of the room because of an emergency. She came back in and said, “Go home, class dismissed.” Once home, our local news stations was broadcasting live as teenagers exiting school threw rocks and boulders at police officers.

What was going to happen next? People were being taken out of their cars as they drove down the street, stores being broken into. Malls were being robbed in daylight as all of Baltimore and America watched. Police officers were nowhere in sight. Fear began to get in the hearts of many.

All of a sudden I yelled, “Where is the leadership? Why are they not stepping up?”

I am sure I was not the only one asking that question. Strong leadership is needed for this type of outspoken action. Was this all a result of injustice for Freddie Gray or was this a chance to take because you feel so much was taken from you? Was this a chance for you to tell the leadership in Baltimore and all over the world how you feel? I am a firm believer of what was meant for bad will be turned around to work for good.

All of a sudden in the midst of all the turmoil, a group of pastor’s began marching in the middle of the street singing, “We Are Marching”! The unity was so strong that some people that who had been rioting and gang members joined in. Who are these brave souls? How were they able to stand in the midst of fear and danger?

A sense of peace and protection came over the scene. The news reporters followed them and felt a sense of protection and peace too. Not only do America and Baltimore need bold and compassionate leaders, but wise leaders full of wisdom.

Wise Leadership

A wise leader will come up with a strategy, know who to call for assistance, and speak in a way that will bring order. The younger generation is looking for that leader. I often wonder what would happen if I let my children do whatever they please when they please. They would not only damage their lives, but the world around them. Young people do not mind boundaries. The only thing is it’s hard to teach an old or young person new tricks when they have been doing it the way they know so long.

King Solomon’s Example

First let’s start by looking at King Solomon. He asks for wisdom to govern the people, so he can know well from evil. I know we will never have the wisdom of Solomon but at least the cry will get God’s attention. Then let’s be positive role models for our young people.

I know they get tired of people not doing what they say they will. I do too. Then let’s treat them like modern day Josephs and produce an atmosphere where they are free to dream and talk about making it better without throwing them in a pit. A wise leader sees the problem but uses it as an opportunity for teaching and developing.

One of the marching pastors, Bishop Johnson, said “Problems are the Prelude to New Discoveries.” I agree.

How has calm leadership changed the course of a tense situation in your community?
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A passionate, courageous, business and organizational strategist/trainer – Cassandra is often called upon to not only teach adults of all ages but teens and young adults as well. Cassandra has taught and spoken in churches, community centers, corporations, schools and on radio. Her passion is often displayed in her teaching. Cassandra feels that her assignment is to help develop leaders of influence of all ages.  »  View Profile

What People Are Saying

Robin Johnson  |  15 May 2015  |  Reply

Very eloquently spoken!!!

Page Cole  |  15 May 2015  |  Reply

“Problems are the Prelude to New Discoveries.”

I AGREE!!! Great perspective! We’re continuing to pray for the leadership to rise up in Baltimore and around our nation! Thanks for the challenging article!

John E. Smith  |  16 May 2015  |  Reply

Hi, Cassandra – interesting post.

Since we in the St. Louis area have experienced similar upheaval, your observations struck a particular chord with me. I was particularly moved by your description of the intervention of faith leaders. My own pastor was arrested at one point during the ongoing protests and demonstrations around Ferguson. I have a deep belief that we do not hear enough from people of faith during these uncertain times.

Wise leadership is indeed what is most needed, but I can tell you that it is not what excites the media. Much of what we see on television and the Internet is not the whole picture of what is actually happening, but a small and exciting sliver. Given the bent of different media sources to broadcast from a particular POV, we can even get wildly different views of the same event, dependant on who is doing the talking and taking the pictures.

Wise leadership would seem to be exhibited by those who understand the power of communication and know how to positively use it to convey the realities that shape events, rather than just that which “bleeds and leads”.

Thanks for a thought-provoking post.


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