Servant leadership

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There is a paradox found in the Bible regarding leadership. To be a good leader, you need to be a servant. That’s certainly counter-intuitive especially in the workplace culture of today. But look at what Mark records: And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45 

The attitude of “servant leadership” is a good one and it was modeled well by Jesus. Good leaders tend to serve others as Jesus did. He consistently saw others as valuable and He would put other’s needs above His own. I believe that understanding this principle, Ronald Reagan said, “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”

Among other things, if you want to multiply your impact and influence, serve others. It may be people at your place of work or it may be at home, but there are people around you who need you to serve them, love them, and ultimately give them an opportunity to be great. Make it your ambition to pour into others. Not only will they benefit, but you will too.

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