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Leadership Is The Shepherd Leader #246

Laurie KennedyEver thought about what life would be like as a sheep?

“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6 NIV) Each individual sheep, has a herding instinct and a need to stay close to the flock. Closeness is more important than being individual or unique. Follower sheep look to the strongest sheep and don’t ask about their long term plan or end result. They just follow the leader to positive, mediocrity, starvation, destruction or death.

I’ve had the awesome privilege of working for several individuals and Boards who live the characteristics of Shepherd Leaders. The shepherd leader is strong and caring. Note David, “Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear.” (1 Samuel 17:36 NIV) The Shepherd Leader is protective, enduring, caring and dedicated. This leader is gentle and  caring, yet strong.

David illustrated the results of working for the ideal Shepherd Leader. “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:1-4 NIV)

“Shortly before a group of business travelers rushed the cockpit to stop the terrorists who had seized control of United Air Lines flight 93, Todd Beamer led them in a recitation of Psalm 23. Beamer, Thomas Burnett and others would succeed in stopping the terrorists from crashing the plane into its intended target. We suspect that Psalm 23 was more than a source of religious consolation for these heroes. Rather, we believe that the Psalm was a source of courage, strength and power.” (Shepherd Leadership by Blaine McCormick, David Davenport)

Leadership is … the shepherd leader knowing the way, providing care and confidence giving their lives for others.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

Jethro Group               

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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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