A lot is written, said and trained in this world about leadership. Apparently it is a subject that requires attention and is never finished. There is always something to discover or learn about leadership and direction. And despite all these efforts, so much goes wrong in this area. Leadership is not an end in itself. It is a means to achieve something else. Once leadership becomes an end point, it degenerates into a desire for position, power or status. Such leaders see only themselves and lack any sense of servant leadership. A big kick after As a young man I was damaged by leaders who felt threatened by me. Of course I was brash and a loose cannon of passion. But instead of educating me and helping me grow, my ideas were destroyed and I personally received a serious kick. It took me a long time to recover from this. Leadership is not a goal, but the point of an arrow aimed at something. What then is the target we are aiming for with leadership? The purpose for which people use leadership determines the real value of that leadership. What do you focus your leadership on? The essential purpose When we use leadership to oppress, limit, manipulate or use people for our own gain, leadership immediately loses its beauty. It becomes painful, damaging and ultimately dehumanizing. Almost everyone has seen or painfully experienced this type of leadership themselves. I certainly do. What then is the big target of leadership? What do we lead? Turnover, growth, innovation, organization, structure, movement, objectives, mission… all beautiful and yet the essential purpose of leadership lies much deeper. Development When we look at Jesus, his leadership was focused on developing twelve followers and paving the way for an abundant life (John 10:10) for all humanity. The purpose of Jesus’ leadership was to serve people and give himself away to help others develop and achieve their goals. When Jesus gives and appoints leaders in his kingdom, it says:“And he it is who hath appointed apostles, and prophets, and preachers, and pastors, and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of his service.” (Ephesians 4:11-12). Outside and inside the church Jesus appoints leaders who must develop people, regardless of their unique competencies, calling and individuality, so that they can flourish. The first goal of an evangelist is not to evangelize, but to train others to pass on the gospel. The greatest task for a prophet is not to prophesy, but to teach others to hear God’s voice. Before the task of evangelizing or before the function of prophesying, the great purpose of leadership is: To develop people. Man always comes before the task. And that is an enormous challenge in our task-oriented society. There lies an enormous opportunity for utilizing heavenly potential instead of realizing human plans. Outside and just as well inside the church! Paul does it differently So often we look for people to help us with a task because that is how we achieve our goal. The schedule is completed, the work is done, the train is moving. But we often completely ignore the uniqueness that God has placed in every person. Paul does it differently. “Timothy, my child, I entrust you with this assignment based on the prophetic words spoken over you at that time.” (1 Timothy 1:18). Paul gives orders to his spiritual son according to what God has placed in Timothy. First God’s plan for Timothy, then the assignment. First love people, then give responsibility. Then we can create the most surprising and creative movements, which have their origin in heaven. The kingdom of God then breaks through. My desire is to train, help and encourage people with Royal Mission so that they can grow in this and we can see more people flourish together. Then leadership is always a blessing for others and that is the best challenge! If you would like to know more about our leadership training courses, you can read about it on our website and/or join an online information evening.