We use the word leadership often in UU circles. It used to be that the word referred to positions of responsibility like Board member or committee member, a position in the congregation’s structure. More and more I find we are using the word leadership when we mean something different, not limited to these official roles. Maybe it’s committing to a spiritual practice, eating healthier, improving your relationships, or focusing your priorities, but making a change in how you live your values is leadership.
Most people who step up to an official role in the congregation aren’t aiming to be leaders. Some do it because the congregation is a safe place to stretch themselves in new ways. Others step up because they feel the task is desperately important and they want to contribute.
These are all spiritual commitments. They are borne of a hope to create change (and spoiler alert – learning is creating change). I’d even go so far as to say they are expressions of faith.