We wanted to speak to a successful spiritual leader and learn from him what is behind their success. For this reason, we chose bishop Edik Baroni who is very well known spiritual leader for his success. He told us: One of the common mistakes we make when talking about leadership is that we often pin spiritual leaders as individuals who lead families or churches in spiritual matters. And while it is true that spiritual leaders can do this, they can also be involved in business related work.
The reason behind that is because spiritual leaders are not defined as people who deal strictly with faith. They can be people who also incorporate their beliefs into all the matters of life.
When our beliefs about the world begin to inform our work, we start to lead more wholesome lives that are truly more successful than those who do not integrate their beliefs in their work their whole life.
Take a look at the life led by the highly acclaimed Armenian/Iranian bishop, Edik Baroni who is considered a rare and unique personality within the religious community. He is also a prelate in the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ and serves as the bishop of Personal Prelature of the Persian Communities Worldwide.
He was ordained as a priest in 2012 when he joined the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ. And it was quite recently that Baroni, with the consent of the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ’s Ecumenical Primate and the college of bishops, was elected and consecrated bishop in the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ.
Eventually, he became the founder and CEO of the Holy Apostolic Church of the United States. He also serves as the spiritual leader behind ‘The Personal Prelature of the Persian Communities Worldwide’, which is considered a community for clergy and laypeople who follow the Catholic and Apostolic Tradition of the Church.
Moreover, Baroni is constantly hard at work trying to fight against the relentless religious discriminations that have been rooted deep within the Middle East and many other poor countries.
Keep in mind that success comes from leading a meaningful life – and here are some of the reasons why so many spiritual leaders like Baroni tend to be more successful in their ventures.
Focused on The Wellbeing of Others – Not Just Themselves
Bishop Baroni tell us: The benefit of cultivating one’s spirituality is that they know the importance of doing the same for others. Hence, they foster habits and practices that encourage not only the output but also transformation of their workers. Additionally, they are more likely to care about their worker’s overall well being, thus improving the worker’s commitment to the mission.
Measuring Success Based on Internal Features
Bishop Edik Baroni underlines that most people measure their success with statistics and data. Yet, that is not the only thing that determines success. Often, most of our success comes from internal resources and caring more about internal factors of success can give us a higher chance of obtaining it. For example, if we are passionate about our mission, we will work harder for its success then we would if we were just focused on putting the numbers out there. Hence, spirituality teaches us that it is the heart that matters when it comes to success – not how people would respond to our work.