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9 Characteristics of Jesus as a Leader

What are the characteristics of Jesus as a leader? The gospel of Mark begins by telling the reader about 9 characteristics of Jesus as a leader.

When you read the first chapter of Mark there are some distinctive traits of Christ that every team leader can learn from!

There can be no doubt or question that Jesus Christ was the greatest of all leaders known to man.  The biblical truths of his teachings and the pattern of his leadership are valuable to any leader.

Here are 9 characteristics of Jesus as a leader:

1.   Jesus was not self-promoting. (Mark 1:11)

As Jesus began his ministry he made it clear that there was a great power at work.  The fact, that he placed himself under the care of John the Baptist to allow himself to be baptized also showed that Jesus was going to teach his followers submission does not mean weakness.  What Jesus was displaying was the first expression in his ministry of what true servanthood looked like.

In Matthew 3:13-15 the bible explains in more detail why Jesus began his ministry by not promoting himself but allowing John to be in charge.  Matthew writes these words,

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.” (NIV)

2.  Jesus was obedient to the Holy Spirit. (Mark 1:12-13)

After Jesus was baptized, the Gospel writer Mark says that  “at once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness,  and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.”

As the Gospel writer Matthew tells this story of Jesus going into the wilderness he goes into more details.

“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.  The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ~ continue