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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 Service Defined

Laurie KennedyServant Leadership is as relevant for Christian Leaders today as it was when Christ demonstrated it. 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 10:45 NIV). You may work in a secular environment, a church or a Mission. You may lead a church committee or be the Pastor, the Board Chair or a Board member. Your defined role doesn’t matter. What matters is whether you are living and demonstrating God’s love through Servant Leadership.

Servant Leadership is defined in your character, the attitude of your heart. It is not a tool box of skills, abilities or tricks to be used depending on the situation. Servant Leadership is demonstrated by your life.

The New International Version of the Bible, references serve 279 times and Servant 731 times. There are 560 references to lead, 204 to leader and 4 to leadership for a total of 768 references. Combining the references to serve or lead we have 1778 scriptural references. With that many references, God must feel the concept of Servant Leadership is important.

Christian authors, including myself, research and look for the components, values and principles of Servant Leadership on a daily basis.

Lundy illustrates; Accessibility, Affability, Vulnerability, Vitality, Teachability, Impartiality, Identifiability and Stickability as characteristics Servant Leaders need to strive for.

Fryar suggests we strive for; A premium on service, living a life of significance and purpose, freedom and dignity, followers fully developing their gifts and abilities, and wholeness and growth for followers and themselves.

Wilkes lists eight principles of; Humble, Heart, be a follower, find greatness in service, take risks, take up the towel, share responsibility and authority, Build a team.

As you enter another work week, review these values demonstrating God’s love to the people you serve.

Leadership is serving others within a framework of prayer.

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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