A few years ago a mentor of mine encouraged me to create a personal leadership philosophy. It was one of the most challenging things I have ever done, but in the end it was incredibly powerful. The practice forced me to think about who I want to be and what I stand for; the philosophy guides my decision-making, reminding me of what is most important.
There are several components to a leadership philosophy, but for now we will focus on purpose, which is a key component of integrating your faith and work. Our purpose was not meant to influence only one part of our lives, our purpose influences the whole of our lives. We can’t do our best work when we don’t understand who God made us to be. It is an all-encompassing statement of what we want to be about, and identifies that unique passion within us that motivates us in all areas of life.
My purpose is to help others reach their full potential.
I want to serve others whether that be in my career, my family, or my community and this purpose serves as a filter as I make decisions about how to spend my time and resources. My first sign of success as a leader is when those around me are growing and becoming better people with enriched lives.
Now it’s your turn. Here are a few things you can do to bring your purpose to the surface.
- Spend some intentional time thinking and praying about what matters most to you.
- Make a list of what you want to accomplish and what adds meaning to your life.
- From that list, make note of any themes.
- If you’re still stuck, talk to someone who knows you best, they will help you identify your passions.
Once you have identified your purpose statement, evaluate it against how you currently live your life and spend your time. This will be difficult, but it’s an important step in discovering the life that God has called you to.
When we are living and acting true to our purpose we will begin to see God at work in us and through us in new and mighty ways.