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Tomorrow is Good Friday and I thought I would write three posts on how, the greatest leader ever in my opinion, Jesus Christ lead while on this Earth. Before being arrested by Roman Soldiers Jesus illustrated on more teaching about servanthood to his disciples.
John 13 3-17 The Message
3-6Jesus knew that the Father had put him in complete charge of everything, that he came from God and was on his way back to God. So he got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with his apron. When he got to Simon Peter, Peter said, “Master, you wash my feet?”
7Jesus answered, “You don’t understand now what I’m doing, but it will be clear enough to you later.”
8Peter persisted, “You’re not going to wash my feet—ever!”
Jesus said, “If I don’t wash you, you can’t be part of what I’m doing.”
9″Master!” said Peter. “Not only my feet, then. Wash my hands! Wash my head!”
10-12Jesus said, “If you’ve had a bath in the morning, you only need your feet washed now and you’re clean from head to toe. My concern, you understand, is holiness, not hygiene. So now you’re clean. But not every one of you.” (He knew who was betraying him. That’s why he said, “Not every one of you.”) After he had finished washing their feet, he took his robe, put it back on, and went back to his place at the table.
12-17Then he said, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You address me as ‘Teacher’ and ‘Master,’ and rightly so. That is what I am. So if I, the Master and Teacher, washed your feet, you must now wash each other’s feet. I’ve laid down a pattern for you. What I’ve done, you do. I’m only pointing out the obvious. A servant is not ranked above his master; an employee doesn’t give orders to the employer. If you understand what I’m telling you, act like it—and live a blessed life.
Jesus was not supposed to be on his knees cleaning his disciples’ feet, but through this he showed them that they that they are called to be a servant as he is. Jesus understood God had given him all this power, but also understood God trusted him with it.
One of the challenges of servant leadership is understanding what a servant is. A lot of times associate a servant as a few actions, but Jesus understood it wasn’t just what he did, but who he is. Servanthood is a lifestyle without pride and ego, and with confidence in one’s self, and authentic love for others.
Jesus showed his disciples servanthood by getting on his knees to wash his disciples’ feet. How can we serve others around us?
The next two posts will come on Saturday and Sunday.
Welcome to the March 2, 2007 edition of leadership growth.
David Maister presents A Case Study in Professional Ethics posted at Passion, People and Principles, saying, “Deciding to “own the problem” and accept responsibility for a screw up requires guts, courage and ethics.”
Caroline Latham presents I don’t want to ever retire. What can I do to remain sharp? posted at SharpBrains: Your Window into the Brain Fitness Revolution.
Niels Hoven presents Ask Niels: How do I build an emotional connection? posted at Niels Hoven.
Charles H. Green presents Waddya, Nuts? posted at Trust Matters, saying, “It’s hard to be trustworthy if you yourself can’t trust. And part of trusting is not thinking that everything—good or bad—is about oneself.”
David Maister presents Lions, Wolves, Beavers and Humans posted at Passion, People and Principles, saying, “Most leaders are incapable of team strategy because the key players have not agreed either to (a) collaborate or (b) invest in their mutual future.”
Jack Yoest presents Manager as Sociopath: An Interview With An Honest Boss posted at Reasoned Audacity, saying, “Your Business Blogger teaches management training. But there is no need to sit in my class, just visit An Interview with an Honest Manager.”
Vahid Chaychi presents Viral Marketing Strategies – Learn How to Spread the Words for Free! posted at Internet and Search Engine Marketing, saying, “Do you know how websites like Hotmail and Google became popular and well-known? They didn’t spend a single cent for advertising. They used the power of viral marketing.”
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People do not buy things. They buy the usefulness the things provide. They buy what the thing will enable them to do or be. The end result, as it were.
They buy hope.
A man doesn’t buy a car. He buys a set of keys to the open road, quick, reliable transportation to his life’s work, convenience, ease of operation, low cost and upkeep or pride in possession.
Not all managers are leaders. The great thing about following a leader is that you get to choose which leader you want to follow. In order to be a great leader, you need to know what your followers are seeking. As Mike said, “People buy what thing will enable them to do or be.”
What do you have to offer your followers?
After Tony Romo fumbled the ball in tonight’s NFC Wild Card game, he went to the sideline and sat by himself with his head down while the Seahawks were on the field. As I mentioned in my last post, the main job of a leader is to provide hope, and in this situation that Romo did not provide even when there was still a small shot for them to win at the end.
There is time when a leader is able to reflect on their short comings, but when there is an opportunity to be make up for those short comings it is the leader’s job to give their team hope and to prepare them for success.
Provide hope. Vision, mission statements, conversations, and team work are just one of many tactics leaders use to give their followers HOPE.