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Servant Leaders…

Servant leadership has been elevated as a needed style for leaders today.

Kouzes and Posner write, “Leaders strengthen credibility by demonstrating that they are not in it for themselves; instead, they have the interests of the institution, department, or team and its constituents at heart. Being a servant may not be what many leaders had in mind when they choose to take responsibility for the vision and direction of their organization or team, but serving others is the most glorious and rewarding of all leadership tasks.”

Servants demonstrate an others-centric mindset. As Jesus did, we change lives when we are willing to take up the towel and wash feet.

The Middle Group…

When Paul visited Athens, his message received multiple reactions. Some mocked, some wanted to hear more, and others believed. 

The middle group is interesting. We often miss this group. We tend to push for a conviction. We want people to respond and commit at that moment.

Leaders should be more receptive to the reality that some people need to hear us again concerning the message.

Some people need to digest the message. The message may be far different from what they expected. It may be convicting, but it may be self-condemning.

Reflect and ask if a return visit allows for revisiting the teaching and further study.

A Leadership Highlight…

One of the greatest techniques for Bible study is highlighting specific areas from each book or context. This approach allows one to explore the author’s intent by the frequency of words or phrases used.

Consider how we should highlight our leadership. A self-examination of our leadership is vital to understanding the answer to a couple of key questions.

What stands out about us that would highlight our leadership in the minds of those who follow?

How are we using our time to highlight the purpose of our leading?

We could ask more, but we should always be driven to provide a leadership that highlights a path pointing to Jesus.

A Doing Leader…

The Bible is filled with words connected to action. 

James says, “be doers of the word, not merely hears.” We are deluded to think we can listen and never take action.

Jesus described the wise man and the foolish man. Both heard the same message, but the difference was recognized when the wise man acted and the foolish man did not.

Andy Stanley recently said, “It is easier to educate a doer than to activate a thinker.” 

May we all be doers who learn from the example of Jesus and His teachings, then leave an example for others that is worth emulating.

At the Core of Leadership…

Our culture has developed a great ability to act one way, yet at the core they are something else.

We refer to this as hypocrisy. While true, we also need to understand it has become accepted and normal.

We must guard against such when we look at spiritual leadership. How many times in the past has the core of a religious leader been exposed in sinful activity?

Godly leaders need to be characterized by a core that walks with integrity, works righteousness, and speaks truth in the heart (Ps. 15:2).

Here is where we begin to develop the opportunity for our greatest influence.

Arrogance and Leadership…

We become critical when we see arrogance. Consider the following explanation.

“Arrogant people ignore or downplay good ideas from others, as they cannot accept that others might have better ideas than themselves. This makes reasonable communication difficult and arguments impossible to resolve fairly as the arrogant person will not accept the other person’s point of view.” http://psychology.wikia.com/wiki/Arrogant

Michael Weed said, “Arrogance is ignorance in a suit.” One who is arrogant does not recognize it, indicating an ignorance beyond their own intelligence.

Leaders must guard against the appearance of arrogance. It is destructive to our influence and credibility.

Student Leaders…

As a teacher, many factors determine a successful classroom experience.

We may use visual aids (PowerPoint, whiteboard or handouts). We may incorporate dialogue. 

Whatever we choose, the bottom-line involves learning. Is the student learning the material presented?

The most common mistake is that teachers teach and students learn. This mentality leads to a lecture style of teaching and avoids discussion that might challenge the thinking of the teacher.

As a leader, we must first be a student ourselves. We need to use every opportunity to learn from others.

Each person has knowledge, life experience, and abilities that should make the classroom a place where everyone learns.

Dedicated Planning…

The adage is true, “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” 

Success does not happen by accident. Quality is not the result of chance. 

Success and quality result from high intention and planning with a dedication to persevere.

When a plan is in place from the beginning, whenever challenges occur, foresight has already formulated direction for those bumps in the road.

This does not mean we never have to deal with the unexpected, but if we negotiate the bump before we get to it, we know how to handle those times.

Leading requires a plan, even more so when referencing the spiritual application. A good plan will always produce success and quality.

Source of Leadership…

Think about the value of a source.

Finding a source for pure water can mean life to a community. Acquiring a source for financial stability secures the future.

We would also agree that a source for salvation changes the eternal destiny of the world. 

Thankfully, God has provided a plan through which Jesus became the source of eternal salvation to all those who obey Him.

As leaders, are we a source through which people obtain God’s grace?

Are we a source for others to grow spiritually?

Let us pray that more see the need to stand in the fight against the spiritual forces of darkness and be a source of light.

Leadership Required, Following Recommended…

Most courses have required and recommended reading lists.

Do people really read the recommended materials? Why are they recommended?

These readings benefit students who desire to learn more about a particular subject.

What about our leadership? Is it required or recommended? Do others follow because it is required?

If others follow as a recommendation, then they follow because they desire to go deeper and learn, and they follow because of the additional benefit provided.

Perhaps it is more accurate to say that leadership should be required and following is recommended. Interesting thought!