Becoming A Better Servant Leader
The biggest problem in the church isn’t that we don’t pray enough. It isn’t that we aren’t being worshiping enough or preaching enough. It is lack of servant leadership. Many automatically assume that the only leaders are the Pastors of the church. The truth is that you can lead from anywhere within an organization. I want to share with you some key truths that will help you be a better servant lead regardless of your title.
1. Understand the difference between servant leadership and management.
Leaders influence people. They inspire their followers to complete tasks. Managers manage people. Because they are in a position of authority people view managers as people who have the power to fire them or to remove them from their role. Managers tend to use fear as a tactic to get things done. No one likes to be micro managed. Leaders use real examples and stories to inspire specific tasks to get done. Managers will let those who are not performing to their level that they are replaceable. Leaders take people from where they are to where they are supposed to be by building them up and cheering them on even when they take small steps. In the body of Christ we have to many Pastors managing their congregations instead of leading them.
2. Servant leaders are selfless.
In the Kingdom of God the way up is down. Jesus showed us this when He washed His disciples feet. If you want to be a great leader don’t be afraid to serve. Don’t ever ask someone to do something that you don’t mind doing yourself. Servanthood is a lifestyle. If you are going to be a great leader you are going to have to quit being lazy. Leaders prefer others instead of themselves. Leaders infected with pride will not be effective at motivating people to following them.
3. Servant leaders have integrity.
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Integrity means whole. Servant leaders are whole spiritually and emotionally. Not only do they have the zeal needed to inspire people, but they have the character needed to make the right decisions under pressure. They are quick to own up to their mistakes, repent and move on. They are teachable. Servant leaders follow other leaders. They know how to eat the chicken and spit out the bones. Because we have the character of Christ we can be righteous and holy.
4. Servant leaders duplicate themselves.
Leaders understand the power of leaving a legacy. They instill in those they are mentoring the same drive they have to fulfill the mission. They focus on building teams of teams. They focus on performance and measure their results. They will surround themselves with others who are stronger in areas where they are weak. Leaders don’t plan for where they are. They plan for where they are going.
5. Servant leaders understand the big picture.
They are willing to sacrifice temporal satisfaction. Servant leaders focus on keeping the right balance of creativity, innovation, and critical thinking so they can implement a successful strategy to reach the goal at hand. We need to step back and look at the big picture. How is what I am planning on doing affect others working with me? Though this may optimize the performance of a certain person how will it affect this other person?
At the end of the day servant leaders aren’t born. They are made. They overcome obstacles. They will climb the highest mountains and take calculated risks to get ahead. It takes practice to be a servant leader. It takes faith. It requires hard work. You will have to fight for what is right. Don’t back down.
Go out there and lead! Make a difference. Change the world!
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