Leaders influence others. They can be great or common, young or old. If your work influences other people, you are a leader.
Jesus taught real-time, hands-on leadership by his example. He is the embodiment of personal greatness and the world’s most successful Servant Leader.
In Mark 10:42-54 Jesus defines the qualities of a servant leader in his own words. Consider this passage in its three parts.
Mark 10:42: Jesus describes the least effective way to lead.
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.”
Jesus uses the phrase “over them” twice in this single verse and both times with negative connotations. These rulers and high officials who lord their authority over others are the antithesis of the servant leader. They are driven by rank, rules, and hierarchy. They control but do not inspire.
These command and control rulers exalt themselves at the expense of their organizations and others.
Mark 10:43-44: Jesus defines God’s type of leader which is the servant leader.
“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.”
Note that Jesus does not rebuke his disciples for wanting to become great. The word great refers to persons who are eminent for their ability or authority. Great has the same root as the English prefix mega. As a working Christian you can develop mega-abilities, exercise mega-authority and become a mega-person of great influence. It’s all okay with God so long as you honor him throughout the process.
Jesus says a great Christian is a servant. In today’s workplace, the servant leader builds the people who will build the organization. They are positive and motivating, and they bring out the best in others.
Mark 10:45: Jesus proclaims that he came to serve.
The verse reads:
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
From Calvary to today, Jesus continues to change people’s lives for the better. He does it by not being served but by serving others. Jesus is the perfect Servant Leader. Follow his example, become a servant leader and bring out the best in others.