Friday's leadership focused bible study was a little different than normal. We took a break from studying the book of Nehemiah (you can read my notes from Nehemiah chapter 4 and chapter 5) to have one of our guys tell us about some Lead Like Jesus
content that he learned. Much of the Lead Like Jesus content has been developed by well known management expert, Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges.
Here are a few take away's from the teaching given by my friend Rick and some discussion topics we spent time on:
- Most leadership today is driven by ego – Very true. Leadership these days is driven by leaders who want the benefits of being the leader. They want to reap the rewards of being a leader for their own benefit, instead of seeking to be a leader to reward others. The goal of a leader should be to make the lives of other people better.
- Jesus led out of a relationship of love but with a really clear purpose – It was clear that Jesus really loved the people around him. The 12 disciples, his family, lepers, tax collectors and anyone else. He loved them all, and that love was the basis for his leadership with people. It's what drew people to him and allowed them to follow him.
- Jesus sought to honor God and advance the kingdom – While here Jesus did everything he could to honor God in everything he did (which he succeeded in by living a perfect life). He advanced the kingdom by preaching and laying the ground work for Christianity to be created and led after his death.
Note – Special thanks to Rick Fritzemeier for sharing his thoughts for this post.