Lead Like Jesus
You will often hear preachers yelling 'lead like Jesus' from their pulpits, but what does it really mean? Often I'm not even sure that the preachers know exactly, but why use an example of anyone's leadership! As in other cases, because Jesus is a good example of how to lead well. So, what made him such an example to lead from? In this article we will explore this to show you what you can learn.
Leading like Jesus is often affiliated with servant leadership as Jesus even referred to himself as a servant. He became the most well known historical figure in the world and thousands followed him (and maybe millions today!), but one of the most spectacular leadership traits he possessed was developing leaders and bringing teams together. His disciples left their lives behind to follow a man who, with charisma, gave them a cause and a hope to believe in.
You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:42-45)
How to Lead Like Jesus
How exactly do we lead like Jesus? What attributes did He exhibit which separated him from other figures?
- Lead with Love and devotion so that people know your unselfish motivations. Often we all know that leaders are 'in it for themselves' or have some bad hidden agendas which do not motivate us to follow them. Jesus had agenda's, of course, but not bad ones and always consumed with love and devotion. None of us are perfect examples of this but we must strive to love and be devoted to the people following us.
- Create a strong and diverse team like Jesus did with his disciples. He picked some odd-balls which people didn't look highly upon. His disciples were common folk, people who would fade into the background to you and I, but they ended up following Jesus with total devotion and commitment. You can't hire out of the best leadership and management schools to find people like that - look among your teams to see who is that person and give them responsibility.
- Let integrity be the cornerstone of your leadership. Integrity is something that cannot be bought or trained into someone but it's the first thing someone will look at to give a leadership position (or atleast they should!). Integrity shows emotional intelligence and paints a picture of what the future looks like for a leader, will yours be a stunning Picasso or a slightly disturbing Pollack?
- Leave a legacy that cannot be denied. If you lead like Jesus then people should be talking about you for years to come. This isn't a pride thing, but a purpose thing, which should be apparent in others hearing about your magnificent example and seeing the fruit of your life.
- Learn to serve others and see people develop. Servant leadership is closely related to the leadership of Jesus and is a good section to read and understand more leadership qualities.
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