“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient; in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth…”
2 Timothy 2:24-25
Before we build a team we have to discuss the "leader;" I mean, the "servant." The concept of Servant Leadership is an oxymoron to most people. However, those who are true leaders understand that, you become a servant to those whom you lead, whether you like it or not.
Once you accept a leadership role, your time, efforts, and training, are no longer your own. In a leadership position, every aspect of your life becomes intertwined with the decisions you make and, how those decisions impact others. Even if you are an egomaniac, or as fair-minded as Solomon, a Mom or a CEO, your decisions will create a negative or positive impact, reaching much farther than your immediate audience.
It's true, you can surround yourself with those who nod their heads in approval of your every action, limiting both your growth and theirs; or, you can surround yourself with those who tell you the truth, thereby expanding both you and your team’s sphere of understanding and development. The one you select will indicate whether you are a servant leader, or a leader with servants.
As Christians, we accept a role of leadership and all the moral standards that are attached, when, by virtue of our own testimony, we announce to others that we "serve" Jesus Christ.
Obviously, Jesus is our best example of what it means to truly lead others to their full potential; He was and is the Greatest Servant Leader. Just stop and think about how His interaction with the motley crew of the twelve He led, impacted His nation, the world, and your life. L.
Study Reference: 2 Timothy 2:24-26, 3:1-7
From: "A True Leader." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions for Everyday Living
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