Lead like Jesus
By|the 10th of December, 2020 On Move-In Day, Vickey and Dondi Costin extend a warm welcome to the Class of 2024. Photograph courtesy of Richard Esposito When it comes to leadership, nothing communicates more clearly or for a longer period of time than outcomes. Although good leadership requires a strong moral character, excellent relationship skills, plain communication, and a clear strategic vision, even the most godly of captains will be rendered ineffectual if she makes more excuses than she does accomplishments.
On the basis of that assumption alone, Jesus Christ was the greatest leader in human history.
Despite a founder’s tenure that lasted only three years over two thousand years ago, the Church is still humming and bustling along like no other organization in the world.
No doubt, everyone who wants to succeed in the most important things in life should model their leadership after that of the Lord.
- It is not necessary to be a member of Mensa to see that there is no way that can compete with the Master’s method, because no one has ever done it more successfully than Jesus.
- Furthermore, Jesus expected the Twelve, who were part of His own leadership college, to behave in this manner as well.
- The alternative is that those who seek greatness among you must serve you, and those who want to be first among you must serve all of humanity.
- Four words that are really powerful: That is not the case with you.
- If you want to be a good leader, it is preferable to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
- Then express gratitude to Jesus for having already taken care of dying on the Cross.
- They avoid being overly reliant on the authority granted to them by their position.
Instead, they hold a towel in front of them and point to the Cross.
As far as titles go, Christis far more scary thanCaesar in every way.
After appearing to have made a breakthrough with his well-timed “You are the Christ” revelation (Matthew 16:16), the apostle Peter blows it so terribly that Jesus commands Peter to “Get thee behind me, Satan” in order to put him in his place (Matthew 16:23).
We’re about to embark on some remedial training.
Like any effective leader, Jesus relied on influence and inspiration as the drive for making a difference in the world.
He created His team by developing His colleagues and provided them with the tools and knowledge to do the same.
Processes that are repeatable produce predictable results.
It’s right there in living color: if you take care of the people, they’ll take care of the mission for you.
Despite the fact that He had bet the farm on a ragtag battalion that had only hung on for as long as it was safe to do so, Jesus rallied His bedraggled troops with a parting shot (Matthew 28:18-20) that was so mind-blowing that it is still referred to as the Great Commission two millennia after it was delivered.
- You go, Jesus!) “Therefore, go and make disciples of all countries, teaching them to follow everything I have told you.” “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations,” Jesus says.
- What?) “And without a doubt, I will be with you eternally, till the end of the era.” This seems great, but I’m still stuck on the bit about having to get out and really do something.) I had no idea what was about to happen.
- In fact, He had the audacity to say that His teammates—indeed, the whole team—would go above and beyond what He had already accomplished.
- Because I am going to the Father, he will be able to accomplish much greater things than these.
- Perhaps this is why the leadership description I provided a few lines ago sounded so good: Most importantly, effective leaders motivate and encourage the people on their teams to complete their objective for others’ benefit and the glory of God.
- If you want, you might think of it as the leadership corollary: “Come follow Me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you leaders of men.” In Charleston Southernese, the phrase “lead like Jesus” sounds like this: Preparing servant leaders to live lives of significance is our mission.
Go ahead and do the same. Originally published in the Fall 2020 issue of CSU Magazine.
15 Ways to Lead Like Jesus
To be very honest, I believe that we are increasingly deriving our leadership paradigms from the corporate world and model rather than from the Lord Jesus Christ whom we proclaim. As missionaries, we must face the truth that we are called to a ministry, not a business, and that we are called to a vocation, not a salary. There are no career ladders to climb, other than the rungs of service that lead to the bottom of the ladder. When it comes to missions, it might be tempting to follow a business model since it makes things simpler.
- The following are some views on the issue of leadership for those who are called to be leaders as followers of Jesus.
- “That’s not who I am.” And, indeed, we cannot see into the depths of people’s hearts, nor can we command a storm to come to a halt with the sound of our voice alone.
- Because Christ’s Spirit is inside us, we will be astounded at the extent to which He is able to work in and through us.
- So, what kind of a leader did Jesus prove to be?
1. He bore much responsibility.
Personally, I believe that we are increasingly deriving our leadership models and paradigms from the corporate world rather than from the Lord Jesus Christ whom we profess to follow. Missionaries must face the truth that they are called to a ministry, not a business, and that they are called to a vocation, not a job. Unless you choose to go down the ladder of service, there are no career ladders to ascend. When it comes to missions, it might be tempting to follow a business model since it makes things more straightforward.
- Here are some views on the issue of leadership for those who are called to be leaders as followers of Jesus.
- No, that’s not who I am.
- We are to be Christ’s imitators, however, and Paul does not hold back in making this call.
- Although this requires us to follow His path rather than our own, the outcome is in His hands rather than ours.
2. He needed time to pray and fellowship with the Father.
In all honesty, it appears that we are gaining more and more of our leadership paradigms from the corporate world and model rather than from the Lord Jesus Christ whom we proclaim. As missionaries, we must recognize that we are called to a ministry, not a business, and that we are called to a vocation, not a job. There are no career ladders to climb, other than the rungs of service that lead down to the bottom. When it comes to missions, it might be tempting to follow a business model since it makes things easier.
Following are some views on the issue of leadership for those who are called to be leaders as followers of Jesus.
That’s not who I am.” And, indeed, we cannot see into the depths of people’s hearts, nor can we command a storm to come to a halt with the sound of our voice.
As long as Christ’s Spirit resides within us, we will be astounded at the extent to which He will be able to act in and through us.
However, it does presume that we follow His path rather than our own, and that the consequences will be in His hands rather than ours. So, what was Jesus’ style of leadership?
3. He invested in a few disciples.
To be quite honest, I sometimes feel like we are taking more and more of our leadership paradigms from the corporate world and model rather than from the Lord Jesus Christ whom we represent. As missionaries, we must face the truth that we are called to a ministry, not a business, and to a vocation, not a job. There are no career ladders to climb, other than the rungs of service that lead to the bottom. It’s attractive to utilize a business model in missions because it makes things more straightforward.
- Following are some remarks on the subject of leadership for those who are called to be leaders as followers of Jesus.
- “That’s not how I roll.” And, yes, we cannot see into the depths of people’s hearts or command a storm to come to a halt at the sound of our voice.
- Christ’s Spirit is inside us, and as a result, we will be astounded at how He is able to act in and through us.
- So, how DID Jesus lead?
4. He delegated.
Jesus dispatched numerous groups of followers to carry out the deeds he performed. He did not accompany them or carefully supervise them, but instead let them to learn from their own errors and experiences. He enlisted the help of defective individuals to complete his mission. He was all about growing his church via the use of weaklings in order to demonstrate the strength and majesty of the Almighty. Were we able to relinquish control because we believed that the message was more powerful than the messenger?
5. He met physical as well as spiritual needs.
Neither was Jesus a scholar in his ivory tower, nor was he a preacher who spent the most of his time behind a desk. To lead, he went out into the community and addressed people’s needs (physical, emotional, and spiritual), sometimes meeting all of them at once, other times meeting one need at a time. He always put the most important things first, while still taking care of the urgent things.
6. He knew how to party.
He showed his happiness in the world he had made by visiting areas where people had congregated to celebrate special occasions. He set an example by living a joyful life to the fullest! With fine wine in hand, he attended weddings and dinner parties, mingling with sinners and making friends and pleasant company in the process.
7. He knew how to receive the service of others.
Jesus demonstrated leadership by enabling others to serve him. Whether it was a woman washing his feet with tears, Martha giving him food, people putting their cloaks down before him, or the women who were with him at the cross, he accepted their modest acts of service without reservation or complaint. Do we give people the opportunity to assist and serve us?
8. He was not above touching the broken.
Jesus defied all societal conventions and reached out to the untouchables, setting an example of boldness and perseverance. In contrast to sustaining the status quo, leadership is about humbly realigning exterior realities with God’s heart whenever and wherever it is feasible.
If something structural or cultural is standing in the way of God’s mission, it has to be removed from the equation. You should do it as a leader as well, if God has placed you in the position to do so. There are no casts or sacred cows here; just God’s holy will is in play here.
9. He spoke truth.
Speaking the truth in both public and private situations was a significant part of Jesus’ leadership, which he did frequently. He was not scared of confrontation and could become enraged when the situation called for it. He denounced iniquity and chastised hypocrites with a vengeance. This is an area of leadership that we may be reluctant to discuss for fear of being perceived as controversial. However, if God’s dignity is not being preserved, maintaining peace may not always be the wisest course of action.
10. He knew how to apply God’s Word to every human heart.
There are no cookie-cutter approaches to people when it comes to Jesus. He took the initiative by confronting each individual in a unique manner, depending on the occasion and environment. Knowing how God’s message relates differently to each person’s heart is great knowledge! We should endeavor to increase our understanding of God’s Word and theology, and we should look for chances to assist others in applying it to their various situations.
11. He made people hungry and thirsty for more of God.
People responded positively to Jesus’ leadership in varying degrees. This is exactly what Jesus instructed us to do as well: to season our discourse with a pinch of salt. We are to create a thirst for God in the hearts of those around us. But be warned: effective leadership can make people feel uncomfortable at times because salt hurts when it comes into contact with exposed sores or wounds. Some of our statements will even have the flavor of death for individuals who are on the verge of dying.
12. He lived on a mission.
Jesus was focused on a single goal, and everything he did was directed toward achieving that goal. It was nothing short of God’s plan for the salvation of the entire planet. As a result, a successful leader may appear to be redundant at times. Do you ever speak about anything else but God’s kingdom and the salvation of the lost? It’s possible that God has certain things in mind for us to pursue. The statement “for such a time as this” may be one that you and your team should consider for yourself and your team.
13. He did not defend himself.
All of Jesus’ actions were directed toward one goal, and everything he did was towards that goal. No less than the plan of God for the salvation of the entire world was on display. Good leaders might come across as a bit redundant in this situation. Never say anything else about God’s kingdom or about rescuing those who have fallen away. Possibly, there are particular tasks that God is asking us to do in our lives. You and your leadership team may want to consider the term “for such a time as this.” What is it that God wants me to do right now?
14. He understood his suffering as part of God’s plan.
Jesus had a single goal in mind, and everything he did was directed toward achieving that goal. It was nothing less than God’s plan for the salvation of the entire world’s population. As a result, a competent leader might sometimes come across as superfluous. Do you ever speak about anything other than God’s kingdom or the salvation of the lost?
There may be certain things God is calling us to pursue that we are not aware of. The term “for such a time as this” may be one that you and your team should consider for yourself and your leadership. What exactly is God leading me to do right now?
15. He forgave others even though they were unwilling to repent.
Jesus paved the way for forgiveness. When Jesus forgives his murderers on the cross, it is the most striking example of servant leadership ever recorded in human history. As a leader, there may be several occasions during your career when you will be unjustly opposed by others or publically “crucified.” It will take everything you have in you, short of Jesus, to respond in the way Jesus did. We are really weak and frequently unable to respond in this manner. Given that we are not flawless in the same way that Jesus is, we will need to lead by confessing our faults to others and by being prepared to forgive even those who are not yet willing to repent.
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How to Lead like Jesus – IHOPKC Blog
4/21/17 Ministry and Outreach are two terms that are used to refer to two different things. Leadership is difficult, but it is vitally important if you are to grow in your relationship with God, walk in your calling, and fulfill your potential. God doesn’t expect perfection, but He does expect our diligence on our part. When things are tough, the ministry is small, or we face rejection because we are taking an unpopular stance, we must be willing to put in the effort to make things better. Leaders distinguish themselves from dreamers by putting forth the necessary effort.
- Jesus is the most effective leader on the planet.
- He enraged people because He proclaimed the truth, and even though He was aware that death awaited Him on the cross, “He stubbornly set His face to travel to Jerusalem,” where it would take place (Luke 9:51–53), he did not back down from his decision.
- There is no longer any life for our pride, no longer any freedom, and no longer any “right” to do whatever we want whenever we want.
- Helping Jesus through worship and prayer, becoming near to Him, and then serving His people are the first steps in becoming a leader.
- A common misconception regarding leadership is that it is about exercising control or power over others.
- Despite the fact that Christ’s method is different from the world’s, those who follow it are blessed with supernatural strength—divine support that helps us remain faithful to the work.
- Leaders just need to be dependable, teachable, and obedient to their followers.
God is calling out courageous men and women in this day and age who will not settle for playing it safe by avoiding controversy and attempting to appease everyone.
True leaders are driven by a sense of mission.
Their activities are dictated by their concentration.
Those who sincerely follow the Lord’s precepts are rewarded by the Lord.
Two of the slaves work really hard and are able to double the amount of money they receive.
However, the third servant, who received the smallest sum of money, hid it under the ground out of fear that he would lose it.
He did not receive a raise because he hesitated to take chances.
shouted to him, ‘You evil and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not planted and collect where I have not dispersed seed.'” As a result, you should have placed my money with the bankers, and upon my arrival, I would have received my own money back with interest as well.
Weeping and gnashing of teeth will be heard throughout the building.” (Matthew 25:26–30; Mark 10:26–30).
We are expected to make use of whatever resources the Lord has provided for us.
In God’s kingdom, it is vital to lead others in order to reach the lost and see the Gospel spread to the ends of the earth.
There is a lot of difficulty, joy, and reward ahead of you!
We encourage that you continue your research in this subject. Seven Commitments for Spiritual Development Mike Bickle contributed to this article. » What areas of God’s leadership are you being called to (and what is your reaction to the call)?
In 2012, Adam traveled to Kansas City to finish the Intro to IHOPKC internship program. Adam is a Detroit native who was reared in Vermont and Connecticut. As a result of his work at IHOPU, he received a four-year credential in House of Prayer Leadership. He has since been hired as a full-time employee in the Marketing department of IHOPKC. He also participates in the NightWatch (overnight prayer hours) and is actively involved in evangelism and missionary work. He and his wife, Stephany, have a goal to share the good news of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible all over the world.
To Lead Like Jesus Lead With Jesus
“Lead Like Jesus” has been a common phrase among Christian leaders in recent years. Frequently, it is concerned with servant leadership. It’s a wonderful Bible teaching, but for some pastors and leaders, it falls short of their expectations because they lack the joy, knowledge, and strength that are required to maintain successful spiritual leadership over the long term. We must lead with Jesus if we want to lead like Jesus. It is only through intimacy with Christ that one may engage in successful service and leadership.
The rhythm of his life, in which he abided and bore fruit, while experiencing Abba’s love and sharing it with others, was something he instructed us to emulate (John 15:1-17).
Bible Verses to Help You Lead Like Jesus
In this section, we will look at several significant Bible scriptures that teach us how to lead like Jesus by working with him to develop a devotional relationship with God as well as a ministry of leadership and service to others. Jesus’ leadership training program is outlined below; it is considerably different from the technique taken by the usual Type A leader. (See “Spiritual Leadership” for a more in-depth Bible study.)
Jesus, the Son of God, Submits to God the Father’s Leadership in All Things
Jesus responded by saying, ‘Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can only do what he sees his Father doing, for whatever the Father does, the Son likewise does.’ (See also John 5:19)
Jesus Depends Entirely on the Anointing (Presence and Power) of the Holy Spirit
In the book of Acts, it says, “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and. he went around doing good and curing those who were under the control of the devil, for God was with him.” As Peter testified in Acts 10:38, this was the case.
Jesus Teaches What’s He Learned and Experienced in His Own Life
In the book of Acts, it says, “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and. he went about doing good and curing those who were under the grip of the devil, for God was with him.” As Peter testified in Acts 10:38,
Jesus is a Servant Leader
“God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and authority, and. he went around doing good and curing everyone who was under the grip of the devil, since God was with him.” According to Peter’s statement (Acts 10:38).
Jesus Takes Initiative to Mentor People
“God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and authority, and.
he went around doing good and curing those who were under the grip of the devil, since God was with him.” (Acts 10:38; Peter’s testimony.)
When Jesus Calls Disciples He Doesn’t Put Them in a Classroom, But in Ministry Leadership with Him
I’ll send you out to fish for people,” Jesus replied, inviting people to come and follow him. (Matthew 4:19; Luke 4:19)
Jesus is the 1st Disciple: He Lives and Leads in the Easy Yoke of the Father and He Shows Us How to Follow His Example
“The Father has given me all of these things to do and say,” Jesus explains in his statement. This is a one-of-a-kind Father-Son business that has resulted from the intimacy and wisdom shared between Father and Son. Take a walk with me and work with me to see how I do things. “Understand the grace-filled cycles of life.” The Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 11:27-29, MSG) “Come to me, all of you who are tired and burdened, and I will give you rest,” Jesus replies in response. I invite you to take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your souls in me.
Jesus Prays for His Leaders in Private (They Observe This) and He Prays with Them (They Absorb His Way of Praying)
“The Father has given me all of these things to do and say,” Jesus explains in his words. This is a one-of-a-kind Father-Son business that has resulted from the intimacy and wisdom shared between Father and Son. Along the way, you may observe how I walk and operate. “Understand the grace-filled rhythms that are not imposed.” The Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 11:27, MSG) says: “Come to me, all of you who are tired and burdened, and I will give you rest,” Jesus replies in response to the crowds. I invite you to take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls in me.
Jesus Trains Leaders inInternships:They Watch Him Lead, He Sends Them Out in Pairs to Lead and He Watches, They Report Back to Him
“The Father has given me all of these things to do and say,” Jesus explains. This is a one-of-a-kind Father-Son business that has resulted from the intimacy and understanding shared by Father and Son. Take a walk with me and work beside me, and observe how I do things. Learn the grace-filled rhythms of life.” The Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 11:27, MSG) “Come to me, all you who are tired and burdened, and I will give you rest,” Jesus says. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
(Matthew 11:28-30; Luke 11:28-30)
Jesus Trains 72 New Leaders to Expand His Core Group of Disciples From 12 to 84
“After that, the Lord appointed 72 others and dispatched them two by two ahead of him to every town and area where he was scheduled to travel.” (See also Luke 9:1-2 and Luke 10:1)
Jesus Gives Us Opportunities to Learn From Experience, IncludingFailure
“A father in the audience responded, ‘Teacher, I’ve brought you my kid, who has been possessed by a spirit that has taken away his ability to speak.’ Each and every time it seizes him, it immediately throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes stiff as a result of the experience. ‘I requested your followers to drive out the spirit, but they were unable to do so.’ (Matthew 9:17-18; Mark 9:17-18)
Jesus Commissioned His Followers to Lead Others on His Behalf
In response, a father in the audience said, ‘Teacher, I brought you my son, who has been possessed by a spirit that has deprived him of his ability to communicate.’ He is thrown to the ground whenever he is apprehended by this creature.
He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes stiff as a result of these actions. My followers attempted to expel the spirit, but they were unable.” Jesus’ parable of the sower (Mark 9:17-18).
Jesus Restores Fallen Leaders (Peter)
“Simon, Simon, Satan has requested that all of you be sifted like wheat,” Jesus stated. However, I have prayed for you, Simon, in order that your faith may not be shaken. And once you’ve turned around, rally your fellow brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32; 23:32) “After they had finished eating, Jesus turned to Simon Peter and asked, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” ‘Yes, Lord,’ he acknowledged, ‘you are aware of my affection for you.’ Christ told the disciples to feed his sheep.” (See also John 21:15)
Jesus Trains His Leaders to Wait on God to Be Immersed and Empowered By the Holy Spirit
Simon, Simon, Satan has requested that all of you be sifted as wheat, and Jesus responded with, “Simon, Simon.” My prayer for you, Simon, is that your faith will not be tested. As soon as you’ve turned around, rally your fellow soldiers.” (12:31-32) (Luke 22:31-32) “After they had finished eating, Jesus turned to Simon Peter and said, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’ And he answered, “Yes, Lord,” implying that he was aware of his feelings for the Almighty. “Feed my lambs,” Jesus instructed.
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“Simon, Simon, Satan has requested that all of you be sifted as wheat,” Jesus stated. However, I have prayed for you, Simon, in so that your faith may not be tested. And after you’ve turned around, rally your brethren.” (31-32) (Luke 22:31-32) “After they had done eating, Jesus asked Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ he said, ‘you are aware of my affection for you.’ Christ told his disciples to feed his sheep.” (See also John 21:15.)
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Leading Well: 4 Ways to Lead Like Jesus
Are you a woman who takes the initiative? Perhaps you do not consider yourself to be a leader, yet God has placed you in a position to lead someone right now. It may be your children, your friends, or the adolescent who lives next door. It might be a Women’s Ministry, a team at work, or a small group of friends and family. This session, conducted by Kelly King, our women’s ministry specialist, will be beneficial to you no matter where you lead or how many people you are in charge of at any given time.
- Another is a child-size apron that belonged to my paternal grandmother, while another was a wedding present that was hand-painted by a Christian family member, and the final one belonged to my daughter while she was in preschool.
- I doubt she would have described herself as a leader, but she exemplified the spirit of servant leadership to the extreme.
- Years later, when I returned to the family farm to spend time with mom, I observed her lovingly pour lotion on her weary hands at the conclusion of a long day of service to those in need.
- Although Jesus is our greatest leadership exemplar, He led in a manner that differed from the manner in which our present society encourages or demonstrates leadership today.
- How can we, as followers of Christ, be molded to His leadership characteristics rather than pursuing power and position?
- First and foremost, we can lead like Jesus when we offer a healthy dose of grace in conjunction with a call to repent.
- As examples of how Jesus offered grace while also calling them to leave their former lives and follow Him, the woman at the well in John 4 and the woman caught in adultery in John 8 are both included.
Second, we can lead in the manner of Jesus when we demonstrate humility while also exalting Him.
But instead of emphasizing himself, He humbled himself by taking on the form of a servant and adopting the likeness of humanity.
God praised and exalted Him as a result of this.
We can be confident that any accolades or awards we receive are solely the result of His working through us, rather than our own efforts on His behalf.
Despite the fact that Jesus gazed at the enormous throng with compassion in Mark 6, this was not just an empathic expression of sadness.
When we observe others in need, you and I may lead with compassion, but great leadership is when we take compassion and use it to meet the needs of those around us.
As described by the dictionary, courage is “strength in the face of hardship or loss.” Though nothing exists until it is required, Hebrews 12:2 reminds us that at Jesus’ darkest hour on the crucifixion, “for the joy that was ahead of Him, He endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right side of the throne of God.” In order to lead properly, we must have bravery, especially in the face of hardship, but also with joyous hope, knowing that our reward will be found in eternal.
- Take a moment to think about the person wearing the apron and how they have served you the next time you pass by one.
- It is possible for you and me to lead effectively when we follow Jesus’ example, put on the servant apron, and serve with humility, bravery, compassion, and grace.
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- Get training at events like YOU Lead, which are held all around the country, and the Women’s Leadership Forum, which takes place this November in Nashville, Tennessee.
- Their marriage has lasted more than 28 years, and they have loved working together in ministry, including 25 years as a student ministry teacher and more recently as a teacher of young married people.
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7 Ways to Lead Like Jesus, The Best Leader Ever
We have a problem on our hands. Let’s just call it what it is: a ruse. America is brimming with “Christian” leaders who do not lead in the manner of Jesus. According to the stats, they are accomplishing their goals, but at what cost? The reputation of Jesus is tarnished every time a “Christian” politician or businessperson puts power and profit over the welfare of the people. Every time another pastor is found to be cheating, the church’s reputation is diminished. Many individuals feel that the means justify the aims in our modern age of pragmatism.
Leaders have been molded since the beginning of time, yet no one has ever broken the mold quite like Jesus.
We require more leaders who model themselves after Jesus.
1. Sacrifice Yourself
Many of today’s leaders have egos that are so large that it’s a surprise they can even go through a door in the first place. However, Jesus, the Son of God, humbled himself and died on the cross in our place as a substitute. Despite the fact that Christianity is centered on Jesus, Jesus was not centered on Jesus. He taught that the first will be the last, and the last will be the first in the order of precedence (Matt 20:16). It was his prediction that the humble would be elevated and the exalted would be humiliated (Luke 14:11).
To be like Jesus, you must deny yourself and take up the cross, like he did, according to the Bible (Luke 9:23).
2. Serve People
Leaders are frequently attracted to positions of authority because of the power and privilege that comes with it. They desire to be in a position of leadership so that others will serve them. However, Jesus washed the feet of his followers (John 13:14). He came to serve, not to be served, as the saying goes (Mark 10:45). Unless you are self-serving, you are not leading in the manner of Jesus. If you want to be a leader like Jesus, you must begin by putting others’ needs ahead of your own. It is essential that everything you do in your life and business is based on serving others.
3. Develop Leaders
Some leaders are interested in hiring leaders, but they are not interested in developing them. However, Jesus sought out unproven leaders and invested in their growth. Jesus didn’t fire the disciples when they committed mistakes, as was the case with the other disciples. He took advantage of their blunders to impart knowledge (Luke 9:46-48). Despite the fact that not all of them were successful (such as Judas), Jesus’ eleven leaders had a profound impact on the world. The faith of the billions of Christians who live throughout the world today may be traced back to the efforts of Jesus’ followers.
Great leaders understand that they cannot do everything on their own. They seek for leaders with potential and devote the necessary time and resources to their development. They, like Jesus, are patient and forgiving of others’ errors (John 21:15-19).
4. Rest Often
Too many business executives wear their work hours as if they were a badge of pride. It’s not uncommon to hear them brag about working 60-plus hour weeks and doing all-nighters to make ends meet ( Hustle). Many leaders, however, succumb to the arduous pace of their jobs, which results in moral failure, physical failure, and family breakdown. Jesus put in long hours, but he also understood when to take a break (Mark 4:38). As a matter of fact, when the disciples had been sent out and returned to give Jesus a report on their work, Jesus instructed them to “go away by yourself to a deserted spot and rest for a time” (Mark 6:31).
He understood the value of rest and instilled this knowledge in his pupils.
5. Press On
Because we live in a culture of viral videos, get-rich-quick scams, and microwaved outcomes, many leaders want to see results right now. As a result, when things become too difficult, they leave their team in search of a more attractive prospect. Jesus, on the other hand, endured despite hardship. Despite the fact that he was drenched in perspiration, he continued (Luke 22:44). When he could have walked away from the cross at any time, he chose to stay (Mark 15:29-32). He was well aware of the mission.
He continued his march toward the finish line.
They don’t give up.
“Let us not get weary in doing good, for at the correct time we shall reap a crop if we do not give up,” reads Galatians 6:9, referring to the practice of not giving up.
6. Speak Candidly
Leaders of today frequently express themselves on both sides of their mouths. They say one thing in public and something completely another in private. We are hesitant to express ourselves, so we soften their remarks and refrain from saying what we really mean. Jesus, on the other hand, talked in a hushed tone. In spite of his concern of offending someone’s sentiments, he didn’t hold back his actual feelings. When the disciples were not following the rules, Jesus informed them of their error (Matt 16:23).
- You never had to guess where you stood with Jesus because you were always right there.
- In today’s world, candor has become a lost art.
- There are some ideas that should be kept between you and yourself.
- Speak the truth in love, even if it means hurting someone else (Eph 4:15).
7. Choose Integrity
Many leaders are hiding something. They lied, they have an addiction, they manipulate their followers, they cut a corner, or they live a hidden life when no one is paying attention. It’s for this reason that people are constantly curious to know what the genuine story is. What really takes place behind the scenes? Jesus, on the other hand, had nothing to conceal. There was no scandal, and there was no need for a cover-up to take place. Jesus was tested in every manner that we are, and yet he did not sin as a result of his trials (Heb 4:15).
“Whoever walks in honesty goes safely, but whoever travels on crooked roads will be discovered,” the Bible says, and “whoever walks on crooked paths will be discovered” (Prov 10:9). Your faults will eventually catch up with you (Num 32:23). We require more leaders of high integrity, such as Jesus.
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Lead Like Jesus
Would you want Jesus to be the CEO of your company? I had never given much attention to that subject until I read Laurie Beth Jones’s book, Jesus, CEO, many years ago, and it changed my perspective. Throughout the book, Jones encourages readers to take a careful look at how Jesus organized and encouraged others around him to do great things. Jesus’ techniques have been tried and tested over time, and they have been proven. Whenever we reflect about Jesus’ life and ministry, we tend to focus on his qualities of humility, compassion, and sacrifice—qualities that we should all seek to embody in our everyday lives and in our jobs.
- In a relatively short period of time, Jesus brought together a seemingly unusual group of men, encouraged them, and inspired them to practically transform the world.
- Her bookMultipliersemphasizes that while the strongest leaders are modest and care deeply about their team, they are also almost startlingly hard-edged in their approach.
- This type of demanding leadership may be seen in the way Jesus corrected his followers (see Matthew 8:26; Matthew 14:31; Luke 9:46–48), as well as in the way the disciples responded to Jesus’ criticism.
- What were some of the other leadership secrets that Jesus had?
- I frequently tell my team that I understand who I am and that I am honest about my own weaknesses.
- But Jesus had a far more profound understanding of who he was.
- Few were able to comprehend him, and even fewer believed him.
- Jesus Recognized His Sacred Mission Jesus was certain that he had been sent to the world in order to fulfill God’s commitment with the people.
- Surely, there must have been immense pressure on Jesus to save the Jewish people and build a new Israel in his immediate time and place.
- He was willing to die in order to fulfill the mission that the Father had assigned to him.
The other day, Liz and I were talking about some of the challenges we’ve been seeing in the workplace, particularly as more and more individuals approach their professions with the idea that “work shouldn’t be difficult.” Liz started Sseko’s sandal company ten years ago with little more than a solid determination to combat injustice and increase the number of young women in Uganda who may access higher education opportunities.
- She experienced several difficult days during which she could have easily given up, yet she persisted.
- Jesus was a model of self-care.
- Jesus decided to be alone with his followers on the night before he was captured, and then to retire even more to pray secretly for the strength to withstand what was ahead.
- My prior employer and CEO of Trammell Crow Company had a similar level of self-awareness, which I found to be encouraging.
- My previous interns still recall Bob’s first focus and piece of advise, which was to take care of one’s health first and foremost.
- Even whether he’d been up late the night before or if he’d just flown in from another country, Bob would wake up early to work out every day.
- People were challenged by Jesus.
- He invited his disciples to leave everything behind and accompany him on a journey.
- He demanded a great deal, and when people had questions, Jesus answered them through parables rather than direct teachings.
- When it comes to offering insights that question people’s ideas about themselves, a transformative leader is not hesitant to do so.
- It is really powerful to be able to say to someone, “I understand that you view yourself as X, but I see you as something completely different.” The reason behind this is as follows.
However, to a more limited group of people, the disciples, Jesus articulated a specific purpose: “Go then and make disciples of all countries, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Make sure that everything of the instructions I have given you are taught to these new disciples” (Matthew 28:19–20).
It is also a directive with a lot of significance.
At that point, Jesus explained to his disciples that their life’s purpose was the same as his own, which they accepted.
People frequently tell me that they are attempting to “discover who they truly are” or “discover what they want to be.” My heart is warmed by the fact that so many young ladies are attempting to discover who they are and who God has created them to be.
God created everyone of us in a unique way and bestowed certain gifts on each of us.
My goal is not to compose music, and I am well aware of this.
At the end of the day, I know I can perform the best job possible if I follow the example Christ Jesus gave for us and strive to lead others in a manner similar to how Christ himself guided others.
This essay was written with the assistance of Richelle Campbell. More articles highlighting the writing of Christian women may be found at ChristianityToday.com/Women/index.html.