Leaders are by nature highly focused and driven people. Although they differ in terms of style and temperament, a common trait is that all leaders are pre-wired to seek to constantly move forward. The leader’s forward propellant is goals.
That is because a leader is someone who is on a quest – to achieve.
It follows that if one has no goals which create and engender forward momentum, one is not leading. Goals are like a magnet; they provide clear focus, they draw the leader and give energy to both leader and led.
An interesting example of this is in the story of Jacob as he sought to get married. Those familiar with the story will know that his uncle and future father-in-law, Laban, told him he would need to serve for a period of seven years before he would give his daughter, Rachel’s hand in marriage. Jacob loved Rachel dearly, so he quickly got down to the task of serving in order to secure his bride. The seven years flew by. However, on the wedding night, he was deceived and given Rachel’s elder sister, Leah as wife instead and told he would need to serve a further seven years for Rachel. In colloquial language, Jacob the trickster had been well and truly rumbled by his father-in-law. When Jacob queried his uncle’s action; he was told that it was not customary to give the second daughter away in marriage before the first. If he wanted to have Rachel as wife, he would have to serve another seven. He duly agreed and worked the requisite number of years.
Notwithstanding the heartbreaking setback, Jacob was driven by his love and desire to have Rachel as wife. He put all his energy into serving and duly fulfilled the requirements. He was absolutely focused on meeting his commitment of seven years service for the woman he truly loved.
Simply put, leaders need goals towards to pull them or push the leader towards the goal. Goals make the difference in the life of a leader.
© Emmanuel Mbakwe 2017
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About the author
Emmanuel Mbakwe is a Pastor, an apostolic leader, business advisor, leadership coach, mentor, and published author. He is the immediate past General Overseer of the Apostolic Church UK. His vision and heart’s desire is to help people realise their God-given potential and fulfil the purpose of God for the life.