All Christ-centered leaders should ensure that those they serve are being led well. Jesus clearly provided a pattern to follow. In John 13:13-15, after modeling leading by His identity of a servant, Jesus summarized: “You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.”
His example of godly leadership touched many areas. Among what He demonstrated are the crucial dimensions of setting clear direction, aligning resources strategically, inspiring and motivating for action, and managing people well. These were addressed in the previous blogs. What else comes to your mind as prominent in what Jesus modeled?
Here are a few questions to consider by way of review.
- Setting Direction: How confident are you that the direction you have set or are going is the direction the Holy Spirit wants for you to go? Jesus only did what He saw His Father doing (John 5:19). What do you see that God is doing and inviting you to join Him? Once discerned, how can you best communicate this direction both humbly and confidently?
- Aligning Resources: How well do you know your strengths and those of whom you lead so you can align everyone for maximum contribution? What resources do you have access to that if brought to bear could provide enhanced momentum? Remember, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) Helping people align to their design is good stewardship.
- Inspiring and Motivating: What motivates and inspires you? This may or may not serve others the same. Learn what stimulates and engages those you lead so you can help them become intrinsically moved to live and lead more like Jesus.
- Managing People: Is your scope of supervision such that you can really serve each person to be successful and satisfied in their contribution? If so, empower well. If not, how and when can you share your responsibility so each person receives the attention he or she needs? You deserve to be managed well and so do those you lead.
One final thought: everywhere I read, I find reinforced that powerful life shaping experiences, those that challenge a person to be stretched beyond current capacity, are the most developmental opportunities and have enormous potential for making an impact. Accepting this as true, how did Jesus lead the disciples into such experiences? Think through the Gospel accounts. What comes to mind about how the disciples were challenged? Now think about how you lead. How are you challenging those you serve to be stretched so they can both grow and make an impact?
The next set of blog articles will address leading like Jesus in terms of developing people.