What is an agenda?
Agenda: a list or outline of things to be considered or done.
Political agenda: an underlying often ideological plan or program.
Hidden agenda: a plan or goal that guides someone's behavior and that is often kept secret; push/promote your own agenda no matter what the others say. Webster's dictionary.
Great leaders take their followers through God's agenda. If you look around, everyone has a different agenda they are pushing. During Christmas we see thousands of organizations who are in need. Agendas in leadership usually fit into a category of the next "golden egg" that will forever change the world.
I am passionate about investing in students, mentoring, speaking, teaching and whatever else I can do to help this generation. I read blogs, books, listen to podcasts and more to find out how to improve. The danger that I see in my own life is that if I'm too busy pushing my own agenda, I can miss God's agenda. The tendency that arises when someone is not excited about what I am excited about is to move on. What I have to realize is that I must lead them to find God's purpose and help them find their place in the story. A leader who tries to push their agenda hammers round people into square holes. I think that in order to lead people, we must help them see God's agenda. It is all about leading people to become fully devoted followers of Christ.
People are pushed away when we push our own agenda as the agenda. Jesus knew all along that Judas was going to betray him. Jesus forgave and reinstated Peter when he denied him three times. Jesus was willing to embrace grace with His disciples. Jesus was more concerned with who they were becoming more than their mistakes. As a leader my desire should be to lead people, not push my agenda. People matter the most to Jesus. Jesus' agenda was the salvation of mankind. My prayer is that I will lead people to be passionate about God's agenda.