In my experience, three of the most gratifying experiences of visionary leadership are:
- The conviction and confirmation that you have been called by God to your role of leader for “such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14)
- The faith that “in all things God works for the good of those who love HIM, who have been called according to HIS purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
- The confidence that God, through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in your life, has inspired you with a transformative vision all for God’s glory and not yours. (Colossians 1:9) And furthermore, the assurance God has or will provide you with the gifts and fruit of the Spirit to accomplish HIS will . (1Corinthians 12: 1-11)
The challenge for a leader is to have a strong level of certainty about these three things, that the leader can overcome any personal doubts, insecurities, or distractions of the world and obey the calling and embrace the vision. To achieve this level of certainty and be a visionary leader, the leader is to humble themselves, seek God’s face, pray, and confess their sins (2 Chronicles 7:14) and any doubts and concerns especially about themselves. This can be done privately or in fellowship with others. While initially a leader should pray to settle and resolve any personal unresolved concerns, fears and insecurity, they should also ask for prayer from others whom they trust.
When I was asked to be Chair of the Board of Trustees of Palm Beach Atlantic University, I prayed that God would guide us to a bold and transformative vision for the future of the university—a vision that would encourage, motivate, and inspire our PBA community (Hanukkah 2:2) to dream an even bigger dream about the future than they ever imagined they could, to believe that “all things are possible with God.” (Mark 10:27) I believe with PBA’s recently announced new Strategic Vision and Plan along with the new Transformative Campus Masterplan we are walking out that dream now!
Chairman, Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Board of Trustees