Leading an interpretive life makes a leader, and there’s no course to teach skills and competences that are required. Of course a leader should be acquainted with modern and postmodern hermeneutical theory, but, even more so, he or she should develop leadership by interpretation and lead an interpretive life. By an interpretive life we mean the embodied reflection of everything the community stands for, such as its faith and hopes and life expectations. An interpretive life invites all who care to participate in narrative identification. Accordingly, an interpretive life points at viable hermeneutical pathways for others to take.
Do actions matter? As a matter of fact, they do. Actions ‘reveal’ who we are, because they are constitutive of our personality. They are the unique means by which any person appears in the world. Actions show us ‘in actu’ who the actor is, just as Scripture reveals to us the names of God just by looking at His deeds and actions. No person, ever, can dissociate himself from his own deeds, unless someone suffers from mental illness, or is forced to act against his own conscience.