Leadership quick hit: We are Servants

“As we look ahead to the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” (Bill Gates)

And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.  But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.  For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
(Mark 10:42-45 ESVST)

Let me give you five quick leadership thoughts from this passage:

  1. The temptation to, in attitude and action, think of people as existing to serve me or my goals isn’t a new one.  It’s been around forever and it will continue to be a temptation for the leaders of today and tomorrow.
  2. Leadership that demands or expects service is an expression of a world that is broken and corrupt.
  3. Leadership that serves is better than leadership that demands or expects service.  It is not only morally better, but strategically better.
  4. Leaders are called to be first…in serving others.
  5. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords modelled servant leadership.  So if it was good enough for Him, it’s good enough for us.

So leader, here’s a few questions to make this practical: Who can you help?  How can you help? When can you help?

Now it’s your turn: What are some of the best ways leaders can serve people?

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