I love following God centered inspirational leaders and learning from their experiences and insights. I was reading a post by +Os Hillman from his daily Marketplace leader series (http://www.marketplaceleaders.org) and I came across the story of this fast food company in the United States called Chick-fil-A. I was so inspired by this I went to research more about them on the internet.
What made an impact in my heart was the company's official statement of corporate purpose which says that the business exists "To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A". What a bold statement in corporate America! The Founder, S. Truett Cathy has embedded his beliefs in the way his business operates. "I was not so committed to financial success that I was willing to abandon my principles and priorities. One of the most visible examples of this is our decision to close on Sunday. Our decision to close on Sunday was our way of honoring God and of directing our attention to things that mattered more than our business" extract from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/chick-fil-A.
Our responsibilities as leaders are to be God's representative in every area of our lives; in the market place, the work place, our place of leisure and everywhere. Yet, I have noted that believers especially in the developed nations are so scared of sharing their faith because of what people might say about them, losing customers, losing their jobs, losing friends. A God centered leader who is not bold about their core values and beliefs does not deserve the trust of their followers. There is nothing that differentiates them from other leaders, their salt is tasteless and their light is getting dimmer and dimmer in the danger of going out all together.
A leader should have a personal mission statement that defines their core values and guide setting your life goals. Your personal mission statement gives you a sense of purpose. Your mission statement should be a lifelong goal of what you want to achieve in your life and the legacy you want to leave behind. S. Truett Cathy has personal mission statement that permeates every area of his life including the business world. He lives out his core values boldly and without fear. What about you?
Ask yourself this question, “If I was observing my funeral, what would I want to hear people say about me?”
The most effective way I know to begin with the end in mind is to develop a personal mission statement or philosophy or creed. It focused on what you want to be (character) and to do (contributions and achievements) and on the values or principles upon which being and doing are based~ Stephen Covey
Have a wonderful week.