The goal of leadership

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President Ronald Reagan once said, “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” Now that’s a powerful and inspiring statement. It speaks to the core of great leadership.

So many of us get our vision clouded by the desire to gain the recognition that comes with accomplished leadership. But I must say, there is a huge internal reward that comes when those that follow you, achieve and accomplish more than you. There have been many times in conversations with my wife when we look at our adult kids. Inevitably the conversation comes down to one of us saying, “How did they get so smart or how did they accomplish so much?” As you might suspect, there is an enormous amount of parental pride that surfaces during those moments.

Jesus Christ embodied this principle perfectly. At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry on earth, he threw out a challenge to a rag-tag group of men and simply said, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men” Matthew 4:19. Then toward the end he said, “…whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these…” The reality is that those disciples who followed Jesus impacted the entire world, every nation, every culture.

So here’s the question to ask ourselves today.

Are my leadership goals focused on accomplishing and achieving for my own self-interests or are my goals determined to empower others to take the mantle of leadership to heights that exceed even my greatest desires?

Be honest.

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