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Leadership Priority #1 - Servant Leadership
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers o the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high ocialsexercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, andwhoever wants to be rst must be your slave—just as the Son o Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give hislie as a ransom or many.” (Matthew 20:25-28 NIV)
What is a Leader?
A leader is “one that leads or guides, one who is in charge or in command o others.” Tis denition encompasses not only the objective, but also takes into consideration the well-being o the team. I a leader orsakes his responsibility toward hissubordinates, he abandons the primary premise o looking out or those under his charge.
Leaders that serve others have not abandoned their position o authority. Rather, they have come to understand that by serving others they are able to impart vision, build a team and encourage people to higher levels o participation. Servantleadership enables the leader to exhibit the ollowing ve qualities:1. Tey believe in others. Servant leaders believe in and value the worth o other people, and kindle within them a desireto excel by simply believing they can succeed using their God-given talents, ortitude and intelligence.2. Tey make it possible or others to win. Servant leaders know that when the team wins, every individual on the teamwins as well. Tey look or gis and talents both visible and hidden, in those under their charge in order to give eachperson responsibility or a part o the vision in the area o their giedness.3. Tey set the attitude or others to ollow. Servant leaders understand that “as goes the head, so goes the body.”Tereore, they set the tone or the team to enable a positive, upbeat environment or success.4. Tey lead with passion. Passion is the uel that drives leaders to accomplish the vision placed beore them and mustnot be mistaken or arrogance or disregard or others.5. Tey welcome more people on the journey. Servant leaders are open or others to join in the mysterious, excitingadventure o ullling a powerul God-inspired vision that is large, and broad enough or every ollower to enjoy success.
Jesus modeled servant leadership as is evident by the Scripture at the beginning o this study. Read the passage again and thencompare it to the ve qualities o servant leadership.1. Do you see any o these traits in your leadership style? I so, which ones?2. Do you have any attitudes that may need adjustment or you to lead like Jesus?3. Rank the value that you place on the success o your team, your subordinates, and yoursel.4. Does your passion ocus on being the leader, on success, or ullling the vision with the team?