The following is an excerpt from my newest book length project. The working title of this new book is “LeaderSheep; Leading from a posture of submission in Business, Ministry and the Kingdom of Heaven” and is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2018.
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. – 1 Corinthians 11:1
Few books of the last quarter century have been more influential in Christian circles than Pastor Rick Warren’s, “The Purpose Driven Life”. In 2007 Publisher’s Weekly declared Warren’s magnum opus of Christian living the “best selling non-fiction hardcover book of all time.” In just 5 years it had sold over 30 million copies and become the second most translated book in history behind The Bible itself. In recognition of the influence he had had on a generation of Christ-followers Warren was asked to pray for the nation at the inauguration of President Barak Obama in 2008.
The Purpose Driven Life was originally published at a time when America, and indeed the entire world, was reeling from the first act of war committed on her soil since the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The terrorist attacks on The World Trade Center and The Pentagon on September 11, 2001 shook America’s confidence to its core and sent people searching for answers to life’s biggest questions. The sub-title of the book “What on Earth am I here for?” spoke to those people in a deeply profound way and helped to drive sales of The Purpose Driven Life to stratospheric heights.
But if anyone thought that The Purpose Driven Life was going to give them a feel good, step by step motivational message about how to get back on track through some inward journey of meditation and search for meaning they wouldn’t have gotten off the first page. For those looking for that type of self-centered motivation the book opens with a punch to the gut that Warren delivers in a signature style reminiscent of an iron fist in a velvet glove.
The first four words of The Purpose Drive Life are “It’s not about you!”
I can’t think of a better way to start talking about LeaderSheep than by setting the expectation, direction and tone of this work with a reminder that the purpose of leadership is not self-promotion. It’s quite simply not about you!
In order to be LeaderSheep we must first recognize that we are not leading for personal gain or personal reasons. Sheepish leaders have a clear sense of purpose, that much is true, but first and foremost they know that their purpose has actually nothing to do with them and everything to do with the flock. If you are going to be a sheepish leader the first thing you need to do is find the purpose of the thing you are leading, be it an organization, a division or a product launch.
For more on finding purpose or to follow my progress I write this new book contact me at email@example.com or by calling 613-295-4141. As always I crave your feedback, questions and comments are always welcome…
Lauren C. Sheil is a serial entrepreneur who has been in business for over 25 years. His latest book “Meekoethics: What Happens When Life Gets Messy and the Rules Aren’t Enough” is available on Amazon.com.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 613-295-4141.