One People Oration: Serving as a Leader?

One People Oration: Serving as a Leader?

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Dame Cressida Dick, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, gives this year's One People Oration.

In the Christian tradition, leadership is service. But what does that mean? That leaders should be infallible, all-powerful, and all-knowing, as our sometimes pitiless comments on their competence can imply? No human being can be so godlike, but if not that, then what is service? How do leaders retain confidence with humility? Decisiveness with an open mind? Competence to meet a present crisis with continuous learning for future ones? Where and how do leaders learn to be of the greatest possible service? In conversation with the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick will draw on her long experience in the police force and now as its most senior leader to discuss the meaning of serving as a leader.


Dame Cressida Dick DBE QPM is the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service. She is the UK’s most senior police officer and the first woman to take charge of the service, being selected for the role in 2017.

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The One People Oration:

The One People Oration is a lecture given each year at Westminster Abbey by a guest speaker. The intention of the series is to make people 'think not only of all Christian people but of all mankind'.

The orations commenced in 1966, the 900th anniversary year of the consecration and dedication of Edward the Confessor’s original church. The phrase 'One People' was coined by Edward Carpenter (then Archdeacon, later Dean of Westminster) in 1965-1966.