Are you a leader in your community, business, church, home, or workplace? Are you looking for a more effective leadership style? Leadership is often associated with power. It requires taking action that others willingly follow. In the best case scenario, there is a forward action with positive results for all.
Exceptional leaders exhibit a power to influence behavior and change the course of events without dominance or limitations. They are often studied for their remarkable style or method to accomplish the extraordinary. Let’s take a look at a few characteristics of a quintessential leader – one still known for His impact on this world…
He served others instead of being served. Graciously, he showed compassion towards everyone. His words liberated instead of suffocated. He never put people down to lift himself up. Although he had great power and wisdom, he always acknowledged his source and reminded others that it was not solely him whom they were experiencing.
Jesus responded, “My teaching isn’t mine but comes from the one
who sent me.” – John 7:16 (Common English Bible)
He broke a lot of man-made rules and displayed courage in the face of wickedness. He valued truth over legalistic traditions and customs. He was a protector and defender of those less fortunate. Many people opposed him because he did not always choose a lawful or permissible option.
When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them,
“Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
– John 8:7 (New International Version)
He did not have the desire to rule over people. Instead, he taught others to love and serve mankind. His teachings were empowering, not oppressive or controlling. He did not withhold anything good from his followers. He was a trusted friend and mentor.
I assure you that whoever believes in me will do the works that I do.
They will do even greater works than these because I am going to the Father.
– John 14:12 (Common English Bible)
He led by example instead of barking orders. Whether speaking to an outcast or a dignitary, a prostitute or high-ranking official – all who encountered Him met the same person. He built relationships. He did not compromise his moral values or integrity to fulfill the mission. He was faithful, loyal and respectful to all people.
I have come as a light into the world so that everyone who believes in me
won’t live in darkness. If people hear my words and don’t keep them,
I don’t judge them. I didn’t come to judge the world but to save it.
– John 12:46-47 (Common English Bible)
There are many leadership styles to model after, but the leadership style of Jesus has powerful results.