This essay is a personal-theological reflection on Christian leadership in Myanmar from my personal experiences in ministry. Leadership is, in this paper, pictured as a wheel that has three spokes, each of which has two poles. Each pole stands for a particular leadership characteristic. The two poles of the first spoke are given as obedience vs. creativity; second, faithfulness vs. truthfulness; and third, family vs. body structure. The problem with Christian leadership in Myanmar is that one pole in each spoke is tightly screwed at the cost of others, and this leads to polarization. The paper examines two fundamental reasons for these polarizations in the leadership wheel in Myanmar. The first is the polarizing way of thinking – either obedience or creativity, faithfulness or truthfulness, and family or body structure. This thinking has conditioned Christians to be stuck in choosing between obedience or creativity, faithfulness or truthfulness, and family or body structure. The second is cultural captivity. Christians came to be a part of the leadership culture in Myanmar by following the pattern of the society knowingly or unknowingly.
Keywords: Leadership, polarities and polarization, obedience, creativity, faithfulness or loyalty, truthfulness, family structure, nepotism, body administration, Myanmar