I wonder how many times throughout your life have you have been asked as question something like this:
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
“What do you want to do after University?”
“What is your dream career?”
“What do you want to achieve next?”
If we desire to see generations of authentic leaders being raised up it is about time we changed the question.
We need to focus less on activity and more on values.
There is nothing wrong with being focused and ambitious, but if our laser like focus and selfish ambition gets in the way of our character formation and our desire to invest in others then maybe we have missed the point.
Richard J. Foster said;
“The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.”
I agree wholeheartedly with this.
Yet how often am I content to focus on gaining knowledge or sharpening my skill when really I need a deep foundation to build upon?
We need to change the question.
We need to stop asking: What do you want to do? Instead start asking: Who do you want to be?
We need more leaders who are known more for their values than their skill. As leaders we can be developing our organisation, ministry, business all at the expense of our character.
As the challenges we face in our organisations, churches, businesses and beyond become more complex and difficult to navigate, we need leaders who are authentic. Leaders whose outer world and the activity around them is an overflow of their inner life.
We need leaders who dare to be:
Courageous enough to shape the future,
Real enough to say they still have lots to learn,
Content enough to not feel entitled to acclamation,
Gracious enough to forgive when someone wrongs them,
Brave enough to take the blame when they get it wrong,
Motivated enough to set some goals,
Humble enough to listen to what others have to say.
It’s time to discover the Future You.
Don’t ask what to I want to have? or What do I want to do?
Ask: Who do I want to be?
The rest will take care of itself.