Absentee leadership is not about a lack of physical presence. Quite often, the best leaders are the ones who are out of the office much of the time, making connections and positioning the organization for success. One can be out of the office yet still present to the team. Rather, absentee leaders are those who distance themselves from those they purport to lead, and the effects are disastrous.
Like a lake, there is great beauty in the ‘ecosystem’ of philanthropy, which draws people to their best selves but is no less contingent upon living rightly with one another. Easily fractured, the relationships we foster are what make transformational change possible. Carelessness therein sabotages the mission, and needless human suffering invariably follows.