Friday, January 19, 2007

Purposefulness

Read a great article in Entrepreneur Magazine today titled, Building the 21st Century Leader. Among qualities that are essential for a 21st century leader is Purposefulness. The article states:
Experts are split on whether having a strong vision is a good thing. "Leadership is about going somewhere," Blanchard says. "You need a clear vision that's about who you are, your picture of the future, where you're going." But Linsky counters, "Vision is as much a constraint as a resource. In my obersvation, CEO's get invested in their vision, and then they don't see contrary data." What's better these days, Linsky says, is for leaders to have a strong sense of purpose they can express to their workers--a compelling reason for everyone at the company to come to work.
This really spoke to me. I'm not as strong of a vision caster as I thought I was, but I do know the purpose behind doing what we're doing at The Point. It's to build the kingdom. I so much want my life to count for something bigger than my small, short, adventure-filled years on this planet.

And here's the thing about vision. It's a picture of a prefered future. It's really my picture of how I think the future should be. It's not a bad thing to have a picture of the future, especially when it gives you something to shoot for.

But vision is limited in that I can only see with my own limited perspective. I come to the vision with the unique background, experiences, passions, gifts and strengths that God gave me...but those are unique to me and so my vision can be short-sighted. Having purposefulness is grander than a vision. Being a part of building the kingdom is a way for my small, tiny vision to be a part of something much bigger.

Maybe this makes no sense... just something to think about.

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2 Comments:

At 7:00 PM, January 22, 2007 , Blogger Chris said...

Great thoughts and I fully understand. As Pastor of a new church, I have struggled with a clear vision, but have only recently discovered that God seldom choooses to show us what he will do in the future. He is however, more than willing to involve us in what he is doing now! Our purpose is to learn to follow Christ...(and everything that involves)...together. When we follow him and join him in his work today, we have no choice but to end up in the middle of his plans for our future. God bless.

 
At 3:00 PM, January 23, 2007 , Blogger Jonathan Everette said...

Thanks for the comment. I'm all about following.

 

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