Tag: Global Leaders for the Twenty-First Century

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 Excelling In Service

Laurie KennedyDavid was a shepherd. A youth, a harp playing servant. Yet with God, he single handedly 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.

Pray about these principles.  Your work, your relationship with your people and achievement for God’s glory will be changed dramatically.

  1. 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, James C.  The World’s most powerful Leadership Principle)

“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).

  1. You are the leader.  You set the example. Find something to do every day that serves your people.

“I have a theory: That if one person will go out of their way to show kindness and compassion, it will start a chain reaction of the same.” (Columbine massacre victim Rachel Scott in an essay written shortly before her death in April 1999).

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

“This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.” (Matthew 10:40-42 MSG)

Leadership is ensuring that every discussion, decision, and action puts God and your people first.

Yours in Service,

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

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