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Bono - World Leader - The Rolling Stone Interview

Bono of the band U2 lives on the world stage not only as an acclaimed musician and band member, but even more so as a man of character who from a spiritual core has figured out how to translate his wealth and fame into influence.

Bono is a model of leaders as I define leaders.

A leader is a person who takes personal initiative to create an impact through his/her relationships, ideas and organizational structures.

Leaders who represent this model understand that their ability to influence others through their ideas in organziations is built on what ancient philosophers called arete or excellence. Excellence from this perspective is the personal integrity found in a person's character and competence realized in action.

Bono doesn't just talk about societal needs. He uses the bully pulpit of rockstardom to focus a bright light on the plight of the poor.

What is the source of this strength of character? It would seem, based on this Rolling Stone interview, that it is derived from his faith as a Christian believer. This faith was nurtured in a variety of settings of his childhood Ireland. What is impressive is its concreteness and reality. It isn't mere surface religious enthusiasm. It is more like an ancient faith of beliefs applied in the daily experiences of life.

One of the notable marks of his character is his openness to people that on the surface would not have anything in common with him. Here's an example from the interview.

I'm wary of faith outside of actions. I'm wary of religiosity that ignores the wider world. In 2001, only seven percent of evangelicals polled felt it incumbent upon themselves to respond to the AIDS emergency. This appalled me. I asked for meetings with as many church leaders as would have them with me. I used my background in…...

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