Leadership is … Excelling in service
David was a shepherd. A youth, a harp playing servant. Yet with God, he defeated Goliath providing opportunity to defeat the enemy. As a shepherd, he cared for his sheep and the sheep trusted him. As leaders, we may not herd sheep, yet we are responsible to lead staff and volunteers with the skill and ability of David. The lives of our associates and the future of our church or mission depends on our leadership.
Leaders who serve their people, their Ministry and our Heavenly Father consistently lead healthier organizations. “One third of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to work for are involved in the Servant-Leadership movement or identify servant leadership as a core operating principle,” (Hunter, 2015).
“You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 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. 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.” (Mark 10:42-45 NIV)
Let’s try something. Let’s each of us go out of our way to be kind and compassionate to everyone we meet.
“The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.” (Matthew 10:40 MSG) You are the leader. Set the example. Do something every day that serves your people.
Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy
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