Friday, July 09, 2010

Good advice for missionaries and aid workers

Go with the people.
Live with them.
Learn from them.
Love them.
Start with what they know.
Build with what they have.
But of the best leaders
When the job is done,
the task accomplished,
The people will all say,
‘We have done this ourselves.’
Lao Tsu

I found this in Catholic Relief Services’ Water and Conflict: Incorporating Peacebuilding into Water Development which can be downloaded here.

1 comment:

phoenixwoman said...

One of my favorite Lao Tsu quotes. It perfectly expresses the function of leadership, which is to strengthen followers so that each one is capable of leading... and also of following.

--Charles