Jesus taught a clear distinction between an authority- driven style of leadership and a servant- leadership design. Most leaders today in the market place wouldn’t agree with Jesus’ model of being a servant but it was Jesus’ clear model for ministry and leadership. Putting other’s interests first or seeing what is best for others and placing that above yourself or your own agenda is the example of what Jesus taught and modeled.
The Apostle Paul also shared Jesus’ leadership philosophy. He said in Philippians 2: 3 and 4, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
Humility and consideration of other’s interests first is what servant leadership is all about. Our attitude towards others and ourselves is key in forming a leadership style that matches the heart of Jesus and the principles laid out in the Word of God. Jesus said in Luke 22: 27, “For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.”
Who are you serving?
Where are you serving?
Leaders really do serve!