There are many reasons why people lead. Some are good, helpful and healthy. Other reasons are not. Even in the heart and mind of a good leader, there might exist more than one motive and perhaps even mixed motives. Furthermore, leadership goals without a clear understanding of leadership motive might get off track, have detrimental consequences and/or derail the overall effectiveness of a leader. As such I have examined a number of the reasons I lead. By simple bullet points and without much explanation here are some of the reasons I lead:
- I lead in order to help others.
- I lead that change might come to the people, organizations, and cities I interact with.
- I lead that others might find themselves, discover their purpose, be transformed and become mature, contributing members of society.
- I lead because there are many negative influences in the lives of people and unfortunately at least some of the masses seem to blindly follow these influences, seemingly ignorant of consequences.
- I lead because there do exist moral absolutes and principles which lives, organizations, culture, and society need to be founded upon, but far too often are forgotten or ignored and someone needs to bravely proclaim these truths in the face of all opposition.
- I lead because there seems to be a vacuum of healthy and helpful leadership.
- I lead because common sense seems lacking and I believe that leadership, at least in part, can help to restore some manner of common sense to others
- I lead that the lives and the future possibilities of those I lead might be improved.
- I lead in the hopes of setting an example of living and serving that others will want to emulate.
- I lead because when I see injustice, suffering, people struggling, or people who just need a hand, I simply cannot sit idly by.
- I lead because there is an epidemic of sub-par and status-quo behavior and I believe that much of this is due to the lack of healthy leadership.
- I lead because helping others is the right thing to do.
Why do you lead? Have you examined your motives or goals recently? Maybe a fresh consideration will refocus you and renew your vision for your leadership.