Earlier this month I had the privilege of attending the Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit with the rest of my Donor By Design colleagues.
One of the speakers, Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett Packard CEO, shared that the highest calling of leadership is to “unlock the potential of others.”
I have reflected on her definition of leadership and on my 35 years of serving others through the YMCA, and I realized that the greatest joy of being a part of the Y ministry (and in life) is to help people from all walks of life to discover and strive towards achieving their God-given potential. After all, Jesus instructed us that the greatest Commandments were to love God and love others.
Yesterday after church, my wife and I had lunch with one of my longtime mentors. He is now in his 80s and still teaching/serving others. He is an inspiration and has been a blessing in my life.
Last week I got a call from a young man named Jason who was involved with the Y in Nashville. He called to say thank you and to give me an update on his life, which has been filled with challenges and road blocks. Still, he was excited to share that he was working full time and beginning his senior year in college and wanted to know if I would attend his graduation next May.
I have been blessed to have some special people take an interest in my life over the years. In this new season of my life, I want to be a part of helping others unlock their own potential – whether that is helping my grandson to learn how to catch, pitch or hit a baseball… or helping CEOs and future leaders to discover their gifts and achieve their potential.
The joy of life and the highest calling of leadership is to unlock the potential of others.
Who has helped you to discover your gifts and potential in life?
Perhaps more importantly, who are you helping to “unlock their potential?”