What qualities would describe the perfect leader?
Of course, the only perfect leader was Jesus. The accounts of His life, as described in the gospels, leave us with an incredible biography of leadership.
From these records we learn of His compassion, empathy, humility, love, and much more. One quality that seems to rise to the top is the servant’s heart displayed in every action.
Jesus came to this earth as a bond-servant and He left this earth as a bond-servant. Every breath between these two points exemplified servant-leadership. Here are a few lessons to learn from His example:
1) Servants do not look out for their own interests, but seek to put others above themselves (Phi. 2:3-5).
2) Servants are aware of the present circumstances and extend a solution to the need (Jn. 6:1-14 cf. v. 5).
3) Servants never seek opportunity for their own glory, but look to glorify God (Mt. 5:16; Jn. 8:49-59).
These are only three ideas among four gospels that provide a source worth exploring to improve our leadership of God’s people.