Before you can influence and engage others in working with you to create a compelling vision, you need to be clear about your personal purpose. A leader’s personal purpose must guide and align the efforts of those who are to follow or their whole relationship is built on a false foundation. Hidden motives and hidden agendas will sabotage trust, the key ingredient in any leader-follower relationship.
A purpose is different from a goal in that it does not have a beginning or an end. It is the meaning of the journey, not the destination. Purpose is bigger than any achievement. Your personal purpose is your calling – the reason you were created. In the context of leadership, being sure of your individual purpose in relationship to your influence on other people must include serving their best interests or it becomes manipulation and exploitation, the absolute opposite of leading like Jesus.
What was Jesus’s purpose? Servant Leadership. The fruit of great servant leadership is realized when a leader seeks to send the next generation of leaders to meet the challenges of their season with all the wisdom, knowledge and spiritual resources he or she can provide. One of the greatest services a leader can provide to his or her followers is constancy of purpose. Stay on the course and remain true to the mission and values, don’t give in to the pressures of the moment.
We must as leaders choose results and choose people. We must elevate growth and development of people to the status of an end goal as important as achieving other results. We should focus on the development of the people around Him. When we do this we are following Jesus and leading as He led, serving at a higher purpose.
You can read more from the book called Lead Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges. 🙂