Servant Leadership

Servant Leadership

Mark 10:42-45(NLT) - So Jesus called them together and said, “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 whoever wants to be first among you must be 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.

You've probably heard the term "Servant Leadership" before. If so, what does it mean to you? If not, let me introduce it to you. It's exactly what you just saw in Mark 10:42-45. It's the leadership style taught by Jesus.

This is the fourth installment in our study of  The Four Pillars of The Cracked Door Foundation. Today, we'll focus on Pillar #4 - Serving God's People.

Last Saturday morning I attended the first session of a Leadership Series at Point University. The speaker was Dean Collins, President of Point University. His topic was "Servant Leadership: A Market Place Mission." I was really happy I went because his presentation was quite enlightening. So in today's blog I'll share what I learned.

Servant Leadership

"The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature." - Source: The Servant as Leader, an essay by Robert Greenleaf (1970)

According to Robert Greenleaf, founder of The Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership there are ten basic characteristics of Servant Leaders. Let me share them with you in my own words.

The Character of The Servant Leader

1) Listen - It's important to listen first, then respond so that you can tailor solutions for those you serve.

2) Empathize - Recognize people's worth and value them.

3) Heal - Use your position to help make people whole.

4) Be Aware - Know what's going on around you and also what's going on inside of you.

5) Influence - As often as possible, use your position to influence people to change instead of forcing them.

6) Envision - Dream big. If you don't know where you are going, why exactly should people follow you?

7) Have Foresight - Learn from the past, recognize the present and shape the future.

8 ) Show Stewardship - Treat your leadership role like a steward. You are entrusted to lead by others for a limited period of time. Leave the position better than you met it.

9) Grow People - Don't use people to grow your organization. Grow the people in your organization and as they grow so will your organization.

10) Build Community - Don't lose touch as you grow. The bigger your organization the more effort you have to make in this area.

Luke 16:10-12(NLT) -“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own?

This is God's message to you. You're a leader whether or not you hold a formal position of leadership. You don't need a position to be a leader, you just need influence. Start being a servant leader today.

Note: Don't keep this to yourself. SHARE IT WITH YOUR FRIENDS! Look down!

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