Is servant leadership just a “church” thing, something only for pastors, their staff, ministry leaders? Does servant leadership fit into the world of business leadership? Do the principles of servant leadership work for:
· A corporate executive at AT&T?
· A president of an airline?
· A business entrepreneur?
· A general manager at Starbucks?
· A doctor, dentist, lawyer?
· A school principal? A schoolteacher?
· A little league coach?
Jesus knows your environment whether it's pastoral, business, athletic or school related. Remember, He spent the first thirty years of His earthly life in the family's carpentry business. He knew what it was to work with His hands, earn a living, make decisions, deal with customers, and be exhausted at the end of a day.
Would you hire the Lord Jesus to be your leadership consultant? Does He have the expertise to deal with the leadership issues you face every day? Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges in their fine book Lead Like Jesus (pages 16&17), reflect on some leadership challenges Jesus encountered:
· Working with or living and caring for imperfect people.
· Taking time to train, develop, and delegate
· Under constant scrutiny and testing of commitment and integrity
· Facing fierce competition and conflicting demands from friends and foes
· Tempted by instant gratification, recognition, misuse of power
· Facing serious personnel issues, including turnover and betrayal
· Commitment in a multicultural environment.
· The need to challenge the status quo and hierarchy to bring about change
· The need to call attention to poor leadership at great personal risk
· The need to put career or relationships on the line to serve a higher purpose
· In your darkest hour, to be abandoned by your friends
When you hire a consultant, you want the best. So why not bring in the Lord Jesus, who is perfect in everything? He's not just smart, He's brilliant. He's the smartest, the wisest man who ever lived. He always has the best information on everything and certainly on the things that matter most in human life. AND, “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. . . For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are---yet was without sin.” (Hebrews 2:18; 4:15)