Tag: Jesus on Leadership

Leadership Is… Leading From Your Heart #300

Heart values are significant to the Servant Leader. Christ reminds us, “The things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart”. (Matthew 15:18 NIV) The heart values of  Servant Leaders are not designed for self-gratification and the glory of men. “A true servant does what he does from the heart to be seen by the Lord, not by men.” (Servant Leadership and Eldership)

The Servant Leader leads, as Christ did, from the heart. Instead of thinking control and personal power, the Christian Servant Leader lives by Christ’s values. “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 2:5 KJV) This requires a transformation of thought, belief and practice. The Servant leader is not concerned about self, personal glory or individual accomplishment. “The substance of servant hood. It is about people who are willing to submit to the Lordship of Christ no matter what the personal implications.” (McManus, An Unstoppable Force)

“Real Servant Leadership begins when you decide to learn from and follow the real Servant Leader, Jesus Christ.” (Wilkes, Jesus on Leadership, Discovering the secrets of servant leadership from the life of Christ) Our daily life, work and volunteer activities should demonstrate Christ in all we do.

Servant Eldership is about serving others by serving Christ. Pastors, leaders, employers and volunteers, do you have a heart value to serve the people in your community? Do you serve from your heart filled with Christ’s love? What can you do this week to serve our Lord, the vision of your place of work and the church you attend? You, with God’s help, can change your heart, your neighbors heart and that of your community.  Christ did!

Leadership is … changing hearts not minds.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Defined

Laurie KennedyI find the secular leadership world fascinating. I worked there for 30 years. It was an awesome opportunity to lead, provide direction and encouragement to the thousand people who looked to my office for leadership. As a key component of my role, I was invited and expected to attend, learn and be involved in training events. It was a privilege to learn and share. We were sent to mountain resorts to get just the right environment for learning. We listened, worked on projects in teams and listened to the famous expound their latest ideas about Leadership. The interest in leadership training and resources world-wide is ever expanding.

The fascinating learning for me is how much of today’s secular speakers, books and seminars have similar components. Yes, we all have our best stories and the impact of a great speaker can influence us for years. However, a quick review of secular literature and most weekend retreats would indicate that most successful leaders owe their success to similar key points. Defining a Vision and Mission, having positive values, being passionate, trustworthy, known for Integrity, building a team, a focus on employee health, customer service and innovation. It is all great and we need to keep each of these in mind.

However, let me illustrate another concept, (Jesus on Leadership by Gene Wilkes) illustrates seven principles to lead as Jesus led. Now, remember Christ in his 30 short years has had more influence on our world than any other individual.  Christ’s leadership, in Gene’s terms can be summed up in six points. Christ; humbled himself, followed his Father’s will, became a servant, shared responsibility and authority and built a team to accomplish a Vision.

A quick paraphrase for a man like Joshua working in our world today might be, “for me and my (organization), we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15 NIV)

Leadership is … choosing your leadership mentors wisely.

Yours in Service,

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

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Leadership Is Growing Healthy Leaders

Laurie Kennedy“One of the most potent influences in the lives of most of us is that of example.” (Campbell, Leaders of Man, 1902,) In a more recent article, “real leaders are those who encourage others to act heroically, Leaders make more leaders”. (Memo to: CEO’s, Simon)

Many people feel the leader has all the power, authority and influence. Yet, this power and authority is governed and held by the people, the followers. The Servant Leader leads, knowing he is accountable to followers. It isn’t the title, the position, the power or the education that makes a leader successful. “The mantle of leadership is bestowed on you by those who grasp your mission and choose to follow you…the follower holds the final power to determine the leader.” (Wilkes Jesus on Leadership) Growing other leaders comes naturally to the Servant leader.

“One of the most important aspects of being a Pastor is fulfilling the role of servant-shepherd”. (London and White Leadership Journal)  They also suggest, our communities will respond when they see the values of church leaders as “approachable, responsive, gentle, and genuinely filled with compassion. These characteristics are more significant for the leader of the flock than academic degrees, church growth numbers, or status achieved”. Imagine a church where the leaders were gifted with and lived these characteristics.

A key role for Healthy Ministry Leaders is to “equip his people for works of service” (Ephesians 4:12 NIV). Watchman Nee identifies “listening as an indispensable quality of the Christian Leader”. (What does God expect of a man, Lundy) He further suggests, “as a church leader, Men in leadership in the church must lead the people under their care, much as a shepherd leads, feeds, protects and nurtures a flock of sheep.”

Your Leadership influence is never neutral. It either moves people positively or negatively. Are your followers growing spiritually? Are they producing fruit? Are they living a Christ filled life? Are they challenged to grow, learn and demonstrate God’s love on a daily basis?

Leadership is … growing Healthy Servant Leaders

Yours in Service,

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

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