Our work at LEI centers on serving young men and women, equipping them to be leaders who in turn, serve their families, communities, businesses and churches.

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What an amazing year ‘16-’17 was for Leadership Edge!

Every year, like the last 23, the Lord has directed our actions and provided the necessary resources to make LEI’s work of serving God’s purposes possible, and this year was no different. And with His hand guiding us, we are better positioned to accomplish our mission and vision than ever before. As you will read in this report, we are already positioned to surpass our goal of 40 new mentoring relationships by December 31, 2017.  One need only to look at what is happening across our nation to understand how desperately we need more strong, principled God-honoring leaders. That is why our work at LEI is so important.

In the past, our primary focus was on mentoring young men and women on college campuses across the nation. After much prayer and reflection, our Board realized we must do more. While we will always train young men and women to step forward as God-honoring leaders, we must also show them how to pass those skills on and provide convenient structures and avenues through which to do so. That’s multiplication, and the results can be huge.

The drive for multiplication led us to launch “Next Generation Mentoring” which expanded mentoring beyond college campuses to those ages 18 –30. This change equips those who value LEI mentoring to be able to use it to influence young adults in their workplace, neighborhood, community, or church. Being a college student will no longer be a requirement of those seeking mentorship from LEI.

The drive for multiplication has also reinforced our need to make sure LEI is in good hands after I step away from serving as president. While I am the founder and president of the organization, LEI has never been about me; it simply cannot be about me if we are in the business of adequately reflecting Christ. That’s why we have already begun preparing for the organization’s next president. We have not hired anyone or conducted interviews yet, but we have begun making plans for what the transition will look like.

As you will see throughout this annual report, God has not only blessed and affirmed our work at LEI but is opening new avenues by which we will reach even more people. I hope you will be as encouraged as I am by the momentum we are seeing, as it is only possible because of friends like you. Our work at LEI centers on serving young men and women, equipping them to be leaders who, in turn, serve their families, communities, businesses and churches.

John L. Hawkins President and Founder, Leadership Edge, Inc

John L. Hawkins

President and Founder, Leadership Edge, Inc