4 Strong Ways of Servant-Leadership That Will Motivate
Is it possible to be a servant and a leader at the same time? To most people it would seem that these two words are in opposition to one another.
How is it possible to be a servant-leader?
Many people think that these two words, leader, and servant, are in contradiction with one another. However, history has shown us that those who are the most powerful leaders have the ability to show the skills of a servant. Jesus Christ was one of the greatest examples of this.
To appreciate servant-leadership one must first have a clear understanding of the characteristics of a faithful servant.
Jesus said, ““Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26-28) According to Jesus, a true leader is a servant.
What does a servant-leader do? A servant-leader seeks to:
- Invest himself or herself into those around them.
- Demonstrate a willingness to give of themselves to help others.
- Encourage the personal growth of those they are leading over their personal desires and self-interests.
- Give of themselves in the constant development of others.
Christ came to give of himself. The call upon every Christian is to give of themselves not only in service to Jesus and the Kingdom of God but to our fellow man. This behavior includes those inside and outside the church.
The bottom line of being a servant and a leader is to show the character of Jesus in our behavior.