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Leadership Is Christ’s Leadership #252

Laurie Kennedy“True Greatness, true leadership, is found in giving yourself in service to others, not in coaxing or inducing others to serve you.” (J. Oswald Sanders, Principles of Excellence For Every Believer)

Servant Leadership is not a toolbox of skills, talents and strategies, each uniquely chosen, manipulated and abused at the whim of the leader. Servant Leadership is not one person controlling, whining and leaving others feeling they have been taken advantage of. It is not a ‘we as opposed to they’ challenge. It is not teams suspicious of others or individuals vying for power, control or personal empire building. It is not competition between teams working to manipulate for personal achievement. It is not comparing, contrasting and boasting or accepting personal accolades for someone else’s achievement.

Servant Leadership is not power and control over others; “You know the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them”. (Matthew 20:25 NIV) Servant Leadership is not misguided, “Those who guide this people mislead them and those who are guided are led astray”. (Isaiah 9:16 NIV) Servant Leadership is not working independently where “everyone did as they saw fit” (Judges 21:25 NIV) or “if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit”. (Matthew 15:14 NIV)

Rehoboam had an opportunity to demonstrate Servant Leadership when his advisors said, “If today you will be a servant to these people and serve them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants”. (1 Kings 12:7 NIV) Rehoboam rejected the advice and made his followers’ workload heavier. (As a postscript, his 17 year reign was full of wars and fighting.) Rehoboam “did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the Lord”. (2 Chronicles 12:14 NIV)

Whether in church or the corporate world, the one-person show isn’t effective. “Business (ministry) simply won’t work if each of us is only in it for ourselves”. (Simons, Fast Company) Christ set the standard of service for us.

Leadership is … serving first.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Re-Thinking Your Ways #249

Laurie KennedyAn old goat was thirsty and sensed water. Old Billy wandered through grassy lands, forest and around hills until he found water. Satisfied, he returned around hills, through forest and grasses to his original resting place. On another hot and thirsty day he followed his same path. Unknown to Billy, a family of rabbits, a couple of deer and a moose used his trail. The fascinating conclusion of this tale is the reality that Billy’s trail was used by generations of animals. Decades later, explorers also used Billy’s now widened trail to map the new land for settlers. As the future unfolds we find roads, highways, towns and cities have grown up around Billy’s trail. We owe a portion of our history to an old long gone goat.

Old Billy has also influenced some of our church traditions. I found a Sunday Bulletin used in our church 48 years ago. It has some historical interest for us. But, what shocked me was its similarity and almost identical features to many of the church bulletins we see in our travels today.

“Habits become ingrained (good and bad ones). And then everyone gets too over-busy to think about how there might be a better way to do something.” (Patty Azzarello, Fast Company)

Leaders, my challenge to you today is to initiate an annual review of everything you do. Look at your ushers, your flow of service, singing, offering, visitors and volunteers. Stand firm on your scriptural principles but review and update everything else to be sure you are representing God’s love today. Don’t let tradition and ‘the way we have always done it’ reduce your ability to influence your community for Christ.

“Give careful thought to your ways.  You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.” (Haggai 1:5-7 NIV)

Leadership is … ensuring everything we do is pleasing to God.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Serving in 2017

Laurie KennedyHappy New Year. At the Jethrogroup we are thankful for the privilege of influencing Leaders around our world. Many of you are Christ followers working in churches, mission organizations and secular jobs.  Others of different faith backgrounds are reading, learning and developing their leadership one decision at a time. It is a privilege to serve.

Let’s start this year serving.

“Servant Leadership is being a servant first. The essence of servant leadership is leading by example.” (Angie Mays, Courteous Rebel)

“The art of leadership is being ready and able to subordinate one’s self interest often to the greater good of the unit or the organization.”  (Fred Smith CEO of the Year, FedEx)

“My work as a director is to make everybody bloom.” (Mira Nair, Fast Company)

“In my experience, any leader, military or civilian, has one priority: the quality of the people under his command.  Without their skill and spirit, the best plans and policies turn to dust.”  (Michael Abrashoff, Fast Company)

“A servant leader is a servant first.” (Reflection on Leadership)

“Level 5 leaders embody a paradoxical mix of personal humility and professional will.  They are ambitious, to be sure, but ambitious first and foremost for the company, not themselves.” (Hunter, James C. quoting Jim Collins in The World’s most powerful Leadership Principle)

“Woe to you shepherds of Israel who only take care of yourselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock?” (Ezekiel 34:2 NIV)

As Christian leaders, we are not here to serve your “own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4 NKJV).

The leader is, “the ‘servant’ of the followership”. (Marquardt, Global Leaders for the Twenty-First Century)

“The servant-leader is servant first…it begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first” (Robert Greenleaf)

Leadership is … showing God’s love through service.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Love

Laurie Kennedy“If you want to change how your company (church) works, then change how your people think. The most powerful force in business isn’t greed, fear, or even the raw energy of unbridled competition. The most powerful force in business “is love” (Fast Company). Love is Biblically based and recommended within the dot com companies. As this is true for the dot com industry, then because it is Biblically based, it is certainly relevant for our churches today.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. The greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 & 13 NIV). Christ commanded us to “love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12 NIV). Further, as Christ “loved his own” (John 13:1 NIV) the Christian Servant Leader “must not quarrel, instead he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful…gently instruct” (11 Timothy 2:24-25 NIV), to lead with characteristics of “above approach…temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach…not violent but gentle…not a lover of money (1 Timothy 3:1-3 NIV).

As a leader, what can you do to demonstrate God’s love? Angie Mays in her book the Courteous Rebel suggests, “Servant Leadership is being a servant first. The essence of servant leadership is leading by example.” Further, in reference to the shepherd, (Ezekiel 34:2 NIV), “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves! Should not the shepherd take care of the flock?” As Christian leaders, we are not here to serve “your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4 NIV).

Leadership is, demonstrating God’s love by Loving and caring for those you serve. “By this all men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another” (John 13:35 NIV).

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethrogroup
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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