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On Leadership Motives:

The issue of motive is perhaps the most important in leadership. Why do you want to be out front? Why do you want decision-making power? Ministerially, when I probe motives, the programmed responses are all the right Sunday School answers. You would think everyone was the virgin Mary. But motives are rarely 100% noble and rarely 100% solipsistic. Our motives are a multiplex of percentages, determined by spiritual maturity, emotional wholeness, understanding of leadership, and other factors. We must commit and submit to daily, lifelong transformation in Christ, getting our noble motives out of the 30th and 40th percentiles (which implies quite a bit of solipsism and unhealthy leadership modes) and into the 80th and 90th percentiles, where the Lord can trust us with greater stewardships of authority and reconfiguring power.