by Chris Cloud
The following interview is the first of a series of four interviews with missional business owners on the lessons they’ve learned about leadership.
Martin leads a multinational company with operations in three countries and clients around the world.
1. What is your philosophy of leadership?
Partnering with God to mobilize a group of people towards carrying out a specific part of His Will.
2. What experiences, people, or philosophies have most influenced the way you view and practice leadership?
I remember back to Grade 9 of Junior High student council elections. I felt unequipped to run for school president but a couple key friends promised to partner with me if I did it, so I did, won and the year was a huge success, we were able to bring clear leadership to enact change for the good. That was a turning point where I felt I could step up and lead in different situations when there was a need. The numerous sports teams I played on from age 12-25 absolutely helped shape my view and practice of leadership. I think sports are a fantastic “playing field” to develop leadership, grit, teamwork, etc.
3. How has your view of leadership changed over your years leading a BAM company overseas?
There has been a greater introduction of humility. Mostly due to the cross-cultural aspect. There has also been an increased passion to wait on the LORD and not just do things out of my own desire and strength. Read more