DCL 3.1 Instruction | The Potential Myth

Most people want to reach the top of their organization. Few people aspire to reach the middle. Yet, the reality is that most people will never be the top leader in an organisation. They will spend their lives some­where in the middle of the organisation. Is that okay?

John Maxwell argues that people should strive for the top of their effectiveness, not the top of the organi­sation. Each of us should work to reach our potential, not necessarily the CEO’s chair. Sometimes you can make the greatest impact from somewhere other than first place.


Video Presentation: Tom Atema, VP of International Ministries and Strategic Partnerships, EQUIP


Biblical Case Study: Joseph (Genesis 37:1-50:22)

Joseph had a dream. It seemed quite egotistical right from the start—his brothers would bow down to him. He expected to be in the top spot. His leadership development journey was long and difficult. Joseph was a slave, a servant, and a prisoner before being elevated to second in command in Egypt. He must have had his days of discouragement and disappointment. Through all his tests and trials, Joseph kept a spirit of excellence.

When Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream, the king put royal robes on Joseph’s back, the signet ring on Joseph’s finger, and allowed Joseph to ride in the second chariot. Joseph could have retaliated against his brothers who rejected and mistreated him, but he extended grace and forgiveness to his brothers who bowed before him in fear for their lives. Joseph never reached the top spot in Egypt, but as the second in command, he used his influence and authority to save Egypt and his family. His dreams came true—he reached his full potential—without holding the top leadership position.

In their book, Second in Command, Dutch Sheets and Chris Jackson list the following reasons why Joseph was a success:

1.  The Lord was with him.

2.  He never relinquished his moral purity.

3.  His faithful service won the hearts of his leaders.

4.  He was selfless enough to notice sad eyes in the cell beside him.

5.  He served as a releaser for the dreams of others.



  • Do you know someone who is an effective 360 Degree Leader?
  • What qualities and skills do you see in this person?



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