One of the most important parts of leadership is being a dreamer, or a visionary. You can’t lead others, if you don’t have clue where you are taking them. I greatly resonated with Piper’s definition of leadership, “Spiritual leadership is aimed not so much at directing people as it is at changing people.” You can’t lead your people, if you don’t have a vision for where or especially who they could be. Vision is an essential part of leadership. It relates practically as a student, a husband, a father, and as a pastor.
As a student, one needs vision to understand the purpose of schooling. Apart from being a visionary, or a dreamer, the purpose of school often gets foggy. Being a visionary allows for creative application of the skills learned in school. It takes a dreamer to see how what is studied can be taught to others. If a student wants to lead, he or she needs to have a vision for how they can take what they are learning and teach it to others.
As a husband, one needs to have a vision for where marriage could be: relationally, spiritually, and practically. A husband shouldn’t not merely “go with the wind” swaying back and forth between jobs, with no real sense of direction, or consistent work. A husband needs to have a vision for how to support his wife. A husband also needs to have a vision for leading his wife spiritually. A husband needs to look to God and trust Him for the power and grace to grow and sanctify both the husband and wife. A husband needs to dream about how he can love his wife and pour into her spiritually. He must also dream about how to provide and protect.
A father needs to have a vision for where his kids could be. He needs to have a vision for what type of people his children could grow up to be. He should not be content to simply let his children be grown and taught by the world. A father needs to have vision to teach his children. A father must see that his actions will affect his children. A father will dream about how he can love and instruct his children.
A pastor needs to have a vision for where his congregation can go, or who they can become. A pastor, either as a preacher or councilor has to take people from one place spiritually to a (hopefully) better place. This can only be accomplished through having a vision. A pastor needs to dream to see what God could do. The pastor must trust God and find a way to share that vision with others.
In conclusion, leaders need vision. It is not enough to be energetic or convincing, a leader needs to be able to see how God could work to grow people. Furthermore, leaders need to be dreaming about how they can be pouring into others. Leaders need to spend significant time dreaming about how they can be a blessing to others in their realms of influence.
Always, Only for My King,