Model Leadership

Servant Leader,

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” I Corinthians 11:1

What do model leaders have in common? What do they do that average leaders don’t? Are you a model leader? The answer to the last question  is, yes. The fact is, all leaders are model leaders. For better or worse the example leaders set will be followed by others. In doing so they will either gain or lose followers and add to or marginalize momentum.

What do leaders have in common? They all share the power of influence, and influence is leveraged by setting a good example. I think its called practicing what you preach. We have all fallen short on this one but when we get it right over the long haul, God uses it in powerful ways to motivate others.

What do model leaders do that others don’t? Model leaders persevere. Art Bradshaw has said, “Perseverance makes all the virtues virtuous.” No, model leaders don’t always have the answers and, unfortunately, they don’t always set the example of Christ in every thought, word and deed. What they do, however, is exactly what Paul had humbly modeled and was now encouraging in the believers at Philippi. He said, “Not that I have already attained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Philippians 3:12

Do you want to be a model leader? Then look to the example set by Jesus. Study His life and ministry. Learn from His disciples and even the prophets of old. Look for the constant thread of perseverance that is woven through their unique lives and ministries. Someone has said that great Christian leaders pray, pay and stay to see God’s vision become a reality. This, in a phrase, is perseverance. Preach it, teach it and most importantly, live out the example for others to follow as you model servant leadership.

Looking to Jesus,

tom

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