Tag: Servant Leadership for Slow Learners

Leadership Is Love and Respect #244

Laurie KennedyAs a Servant Leader you are not the important person. You are not the power broker and may not be the boss. The Servant Leader is primarily responsible to and feels accountability to those who follow. The Leader is, “the servant of the followership”. (Marquardt, Global Leaders for the Twenty-First Century) “It’s not about me; it’s about my crew”. (Navy Commander Michael Abrashoff USS Benfold, Fast Company.

Christ’s love sets the pattern for us. Paul tells us, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, 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 … the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 & 13 NIV)

As Lundy puts it, “The single most important skill of an executive (leader) was his or her ability to get along with people. If you cannot get along with other people, then you are disqualified as a Servant Leader”. (Servant Leadership for Slow Learners)

Love and respect for people are terms that should be commonplace and a concept that is felt in all our church discussions, board meetings, task forces and daily discussions at work. This week, strive to find ways to demonstrate God’s love to your work associates through love and care. As a leader, you are only effective when you build on your people skills and your people feel cared for.

Take a minute and think though the 1 Corinthians verses again. Imagine these verses forming the culture at your place of worship. As Christian Servant Leaders we can and should redefine the standard by handling all our interactions with love and respect. As Christian Leaders, at home, with neighbors, at work and at church we need to be known by His love.

Leadership is … a Servant Leader committed to serving others.

Yours in Service,

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

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Leadership IsServant Leadership #243

Laurie KennedyServant Leadership is different, based on values, character and integrity with roots in Christ’s teaching.

Servant Leadership is “Diametrically opposed to the typically secular, top down, Manager as control, model of organizations.” (With an Eye on the Future; Development and Mission in the 21st. Century, Elmer and McKinney)

“Servant Leadership is not worldly leadership with the rough edges knocked off and a dollop of good will toward others layered on. It’s something fundamentally different in both internal origin and external motivation and process.” (Dr. Guy Saffold, Trinity Western University)

Servant Leadership turns the power and control motivated organizational chart upside down, inside out and builds a team of equals. Servant Leadership is based on a different set of values than other leadership styles. In the traditional organization, power, authority and salary are loosely tied to the number of employees supervised. In Servant Leadership, the value is “not the number of one’s servants but the number of whom one serves.” (J. D. Lundy, Servant Leadership for Slow Learners)

Servant Leadership is value based and follows Christ’s example by putting others first. The challenge is to re-learn, re-focus and work to change our style of leading. The power and control method doesn’t encourage long-term change, individual growth or caring relationships. The ‘me first’ or ‘do it my way’ philosophy doesn’t build value and character into those individuals we work with. It is only as we learn to live and demonstrate God’s love through service that others will be impacted to accomplish the vision of our organization and Gods long-term plan.

Christ put it like this, The greatest among you will be your servant.  For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. (Matthew 23:11-12 NIV)

What can you do today to add value to those individuals within your sphere of influence?

Leadership is … demonstrating God’s love by adding value to someone’s life.

Yours in Service,

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

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Leadership is Servant Leadership

Laurie Kennedy“The church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became man for no other purpose.” (C. S. Lewis Devotional Classics)

“Tragically, the church, for the most part, is no longer a power to be reckoned with. It has largely lost the respect of the masses; it is often the object of ridicule. Tragically, it has become the last place our nation would turn for help.” (Bill Bright, The Coming Revival)

“Christian executives generally were more authoritative than their pagan counterparts (and) tend not to seek input from their subordinates as readily as do unbelieving administrators.” (James MacDonald Leadership Journal)

“Many churches fail to grow because leadership is hoarded by the chosen few”. (David Lundy Servant Leadership for Slow Learners)

As Christian Leaders we need to live the Biblical model of Servant Leadership. The secular lifestyle, Autocratic management models and the newest fad from the leadership style of the month club is not for the Christian Servant Leader. If we take C. S. Lewis and David Lundy seriously, the responsibility for winning our neighbors to Christ and church growth rests squarely with the Christian Leader. Our daily papers confirm secular leadership styles are not working. They are not working to produce effective character building servant oriented leadership at work and they are certainly not working at church. Christian leaders must be different. We need to commit ourselves daily to a life of service based on prayer. We need to demonstrate God’s love through a commitment to our relationship with Christ and to loving our neighbor.

As you tackle your To Do List, your overwhelming email and texts, keep these four authors in mind. We all need to learn that the goal is not the programs and activities.

Leadership is … glorifying God and demonstrating his love in all we do.

Yours in Service,

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

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Leadership Is Teamwork

Laurie Kennedy“Many churches fail to grow because leadership is hoarded by the chosen few” (Servant Leadership for Slow Learners). Life-long learning is the Servant Leadership actively working to improve the ability to love, care and work as a team, demonstrating God’s love. The Christian Servant Leader serves the team as a shepherd leads the flock.

As a Pastor, Chaplain, Board member or leader, do you actively work with your team of associates? Is your love and care for them the same care and concern as a shepherd cares for his sheep? Ezekiel writes, “I myself will search for my sheep and look after them” (Ezekiel 34:11 NIV), Paul illustrates with a priority to “serve one another in love” (Galatians 5:13 NIV), or to “consider others better than yourselves,” we are to look out for the “interests of others”, while having an attitude the “same as that of Christ Jesus”, who took “the very nature of a servant” (Philippians 2:3,4,5 & 7 NIV). In much of our work today, we have lost the concept Christ demonstrated to us when he said he “did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matthew 20:28 NIV).

Our challenge is not that the Bible or Christ has lost power, influence or authority. Our challenge is we, Christian Leaders are adopting negative leadership styles and acting more like our secular counterparts than the Servant Leaders Christ intended us to be. James MacDonald illustrates in his Leadership Journal article, I’m in Charge Here, “Christian executives generally work more authoritatively than their pagan counterparts (and) tend not to seek input from their subordinates as readily as do unbelieving administrators

As a CEO, Chaplain, Pastor or church leader, the secular lifestyle, top down management and the newest fad from the guru of the month club is not relevant for the Christian Servant Leader. Let’s learn to recognize the value and effectiveness of Servant Leadership while we demonstrate God’s love.

Leadership is… serving your people, so that they will see God through you.

Yours in Service,

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

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