People often profess “God, family, and service” or similar value priorities. God is not just the first priority among priorities; He purifies and gives purpose to everything.
Leaders are servants committed to improving the quality of life for themselves and for the world around them through authentic self-expression that adds value through their relationships, in the example of Christ and in service to God. They act in evidence of the Holy Spirit who shows up in their service to family, their businesses and customers, friends, neighborhoods, church, communities, civic and social groups, governments and even society as a whole… God is not a priority; He is in every priority. Christian leaders are like slaves to the cause of Christ.
Leadership is an active process of knowing what you want out of life, and what you are going to give with your life. Leadership is being (faith), and doing (obedience). Leaders develop a singleness of purpose; they bring purpose to their roles and give purpose through those roles. Leaders know who they are, where they are going, and how they will get there. How you lead your life not only determines your future, it also determines the future of those around you, because leadership is measured by the product of the behaviors of those around you.
Ask me about a structured Faith-based Change process for developing a renewed clarity of purpose, creating commitment to action, and a focusing on improved results. The truly successful leader understands the difference between who he or she is, and who he or she wants to be. As you continue your journey toward the person you want to be, continue to ask yourself the following questions:
- Where am I today?
- Where do I want to be a year from today? In five years? In ten years?
- What is important?
- If I realize my goals, what will be my rewards?
- What are the consequences if I fail?
- What is standing in my way?
- What are some possible solutions for those obstacles?
- What specific action steps do I need to take to accomplish my goals?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
~ Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)