6 Questions to Find Your Reason for Being

I received a one line email from a coaching client at 7:02 p.m. on April 2. It’s been dripping in my mind since it arrived.

“Is a servant leader’s most important decision choosing the people he/she will serve?”

I’ve seen lives change when people choose who to serve. I often ask aspiring leaders who they want to serve. But, it’s not the most important choice servant leaders make.

changing lives is always the starting point and ending point

The most important decision:

The most important decision servant leaders make is about mission. The second concerns who to serve.

Choose your mission first, then choose who to serve.

This afternoon I remembered, “Peter Drucker’s Five Most Important Questions.” The context of the book is organizational, but the questions apply to individuals.

  1. What is your mission?
  2. Who is your customer? (In the context of the email I received, who will you serve?)
  3. What does your customer value?
  4. What are your results?
  5. What is your plan?

A reason for being:

Mission explains purpose. The reason you’re here.

Mission is unique, but the same for all of us. Drucker said, “… Changing lives is always the starting point and ending point,” of mission.

Mission should fit on a t-shirt. “The mission says why you do what you do, not the means by which you do it.” For example, three words capture my mission. “Unleashing Leadership Potential.”

*Six questions to find your reason for being:

  1. What strengths and talents do you have?
  2. What opportunities are available?
  3. What challenges need to be addressed?
  4. What commitments are you willing to make?
  5. What lights your fire?
  6. What are you willing to stop doing so you can do more of what matters?

Find your purpose, then choose who to serve.

How might you answer, “Is a servant leader’s most important decision choosing the people he/she will serve?”

You might say that choosing who you serve helps leaders chose their mission. What do you think?

*Inspired by, “Peter Drucker’s Five Most Important Questions.