Christlike Leadership

Leaders don't rise to the pinnacle of success without developing the right set of attitudes and habits; they make every day a masterpiece. - John C. Maxwell

During the month of December, I’ve focused on the Christ of Christmas.  As we transition from 2017 into 2018, let’s take a look at Christlike Leadership.

William Oakes echoes John Maxwell’s sentiment above and takes it a step further.  In his book Christlike Leadership, Oakes encourages us to become more successful leaders by adopting Christlike leadership attitudes at work, at home, and everywhere.

Oakes points to the power of Christlike leadership—a type of leadership that simply starts with an attitude and outlines 14 attitudes that are key to our leadership success.

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Jesus on Leadership

In Luke 14:11, Jesus said, “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  He taught and embodied leadership as service.  If we take a high-level look at Jesus’ life, we see that everything He did was to serve not His own will but the will of His Father.

Gene Wilkes provides us with these seven principles to lead as Jesus led:

  1. Jesus humbled Himself and allowed God to exalt Him.
  2. Jesus followed His Father’s will rather than sought a position.
  3. Jesus defined greatness as being a servant and being first as becoming a slave.
  4. Jesus risked serving others because He trusted that He was God’s Son.
  5. Jesus left His place at the head table to serve the needs of others.
  6. Jesus shared responsibility and authority with those He called to lead.
  7. Jesus built a team to carry out a worldwide vision.

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