Our Definition of Transformation Leadership
Transformation leadership, then, is moving an organization, its people and operations into God's big picture - His plans and purposes in an ever-widening sphere of influence, resulting in perfect alignment with God’s eternal purpose.
It is Spirit-powered. (Acts 1:8)
It is dynamic, not static. (Philippians 3:13-15)
It is not merely inwardly, but outwardly focused. (Matthew 28:19)
It is not merely organization-centered, but Kingdom-centered. (Matthew 6:33)
It is not merely temporal, but eternal. (John 4:36; 17:1-3)
God’s leaders in the Bible illustrate this definition.
Adam and Eve were commissioned to rule over all creation.
Abraham was appointed to be the Father of many nations.
Moses was chosen to transform an enslaved people into God’s chosen nation.
Ezra and Nehemiah were tasked not with just rebuilding a city, but with restoring a right relationship between God and His people.
Jesus was sacrificed to deliver God’s people from sin and sickness to the freedom of the Holy Spirit.
Peter and Paul were directed by God to bring the message to both Gentiles and Jews
Proving a point by exception, examine all the Biblical leaders who failed. We don’t believe it stretches a point to say that they all failed because their focus ceased to be God’s focus. Their scope narrowed to their own ends. One of many examples is that of the leadership of the city of Tyre. When we first hear of Tyre, it is a prominent kingdom, rich and influential, working with David to advance the purposes of God on earth. Within about 100 years we see it cursed by God’s prophets, overrun by conquering armies and relegated to existing as little more than a small fishing city, continuing even into this present age. In David’s day, its king, Hiram, actively and enthusiastically throws himself into the building of Jerusalem. (2 Samuel 5:11 and 1 Chronicles 14:1) Years later, in the building of the temple with Solomon, we begin to see a shift in attitude as Hiram complains about the 20 towns pledged as a bond to cover the work and materials he supplied. (1 Kings 9:10-14) Still later, we see Tyre characterized as a violent, pagan, slave-trading kingdom breaking agreements with Israel. (Amos 1:9-10) Its ruin was accurately prophesied. It had shifted its focus on advancing God’s plans to making its own.
These observations lead us to pose a model for Transformation Leadership designed to introduce a practical way for organizations to discern God’s specific call for their leadership and to develop a leadership development plan unique to God’s plans and purposes for their organizations. Further, we believe it provides a construct for decision making, execution and evaluation.