As I anticipate traveling and representing Anda Leadership in Africa and other emerging markets, I have begun to think about what I will say when I am asked to speak to  leaders, entrepreneurs, and business people. I think at least part of my initial message will go something like this:

God wants three things…

  • Your service – he wants you to humbly serve him and your community. This reflects the character of God and is something he desires of all his people, including and maybe especially those like you who fill important roles in society.
  • Your integrity – he wants you to live your life and conduct your business with honesty and transparency. When you cheat and/or hide aspects of your business, you are not only deceiving other people, but you are mocking God. He cannot bless you when you behave this way.
  • Your success – he wants to bless you! He wants your business to succeed. When your business succeeds you hire more people and you spend more money at other businesses. This creates a positive economic cycle in your community which is good for everyone. God wants to bless you so that you will be a blessing to others. Also, if you succeed while conducting your business with a spirit of service to God and people and honoring biblical values such as integrity and transparency, then other people will see and will also want to live holy and godly lives. So, your success will result in glory to God which is the most important thing we can do.

How does this sound to you? Do you think this is the appropriate message for me to take to entrepreneurs in emerging markets? I’d love to hear your thoughts.