Leading Like Jesus

There are lots of leadership models out there taught by various leadership gurus. However, there is only one true Teacher from whom we will be able to learn what true leadership is like, and that is none other than Jesus the Messiah. As the ultimate leadership role model of all time, we would be well-off to follow his example.

During one of my devotions, I came across the story of Nehemiah and how he led the remnant of Israel in rebuilding the ruined walls of Jerusalem. I noticed how Nehemiah exhibited the characteristics of Jesus as a leader in that he was primarily a servant-leader not lording it over his fellow Israelites. Nehemiah’s godly leadership characteristics include: (1) he pays attention to details; (2) he has a heart for the people; (3) he has a heart for his country; (4) he has a heart for his God; (5) he is a person devoted to prayer; and (6) he has great respect for the Lord. These characteristics and habit somewhat reflect the Habits of a Servant Leader in the book Lead Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges.

Realistically though, it is not easy to lead lie Jesus. Why? That is because as fallen humans, our sinful nature draws us to always “look out for number one”. Unchecked, we usually tend to return to being self-serving leaders. In fact, before doing anything for others, people would usually ask the question “What’s in it for me?” Unless we constantly ask for grace and wisdom to be like Jesus, we will fail to put others ahead of ourselves.

Personally, in my life role leadership function in my family, my wife tells me that I still have a selfish attitude when it comes to some things. That I fail to put the welfare of others before my own. Alone, I would not have known nor noticed this in myself. It really takes another person to point out my faults to me. I thank God for giving me my wife even of course there are times when my pride gets in the way of me listening to her. Lead Like Jesus has given me a principles of leadership from the perspective of God Himself in the person of Jesus.

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