Respect for others is an essential quality in a leader, not that you would know it today. Today, many so called leaders are more interested in insulting their opponents than they are actually finding common ground. Any idea of compromise, if it is raised at all, is an empty platitude. This, however, is not how it should be. Leaders should be able to compromise with others for the betterment of everyone for whom the leader is responsible.
In addition to the ability to compromise, a leader must be respectful of others. A true leader does not spend their time coming up with clever insults or dismissing opinions simply because they are different. A good leader listens to and considers others’ words. They may not always agree with what they hear, but they do their best to understand and to show respect for each other.
As much as some people love to claim religion is a divisive force, religious leaders are actually some of the few remaining leaders who do show respect to one another. They disagree on fundamental aspects of the world, but they still manage to approach each other civilly and respectfully. Here are five faith leaders who show and showed great respect to their fellow faith leaders and those of other faiths.