“The way [new leaders are chosen] … is left up to the changing needs of the group. … only those who show goodness of life and wisdom in teaching are fit for the position. … if we choose those good of life and wise of heart then everything else will follow. We are, of course, tempted to look for shortcuts to success: we look for the people who can trim our organizations or shape up our projects or stabilize our ministries. … spirituality tells us to choose for ideals at every turn, even at those times when management seems more important than vision.”
The Rule of Benedict: Insights for the Ages by Joan Chittister (Crossroad, 1992); pp.163-164.