In leadership, motivation is king. The drive to lead, the reason behind your desire to be here will seep into every aspect of your leadership experience. If you seek power, then you must be careful how you wield it. Seeking power through following the rules, creating a positive environment, and moving the organization forward provides opportunity for good to come from that power. Seeking power by undermining your supervisor, exerting inappropriate influence on others, and demanding that others come to your terms is not good.
Understanding our own motivation sometimes takes analyzing others’. Let’s take two biblical men and see how their leadership journeys played out. Saul and Peter both became mighty men in their respective societies. Saul was anointed king and Peter led the development of the post-resurrection church. Both began their individual journey seeking God’s best. But both journeys did not end the same way. In the next weeks we’ll take a closer look at what went right and what went sideways for them, helping us identify those same markers in our own leadership. In the meantime, consider what you would desire your leadership end to be. Having the end in mind helps in making decisions in the here and now.