Many want to climb the corporate ladder, hoping for freedom and power at the top.
They think, “When I get to the top, then I will learn to lead. If I were on top, everyone would follow. Or, when I get to the top I will be able to do anything.” They don’t recognize these are myths of leadership. Leadership is influence, and when you get to the top, you have to practice servant leadership which requires sacrifice.
Leaders who want to rise have to do more than take an occasional cut in pay; they have to give up their rights. That’s true of every leader, regardless of profession. Talk with any leader, and you will find that she or he has made repeated sacrifices, and the higher the leader has climbed, the greater the sacrifices made.
Out of This World Leaders sacrifice the good in order to get the best.
Click here to learn more about John Maxwell’s 18th Law of Leadership from the life of Moses in Exodus 3 & 4.
Weeks 37 & 38 of the NIV Leadership Bible focus on the importance of relationships, providing multiple passages about Servant Leadership.
Jesus went to great lengths to earn the title “Servant.” Isaiah prophesied that Jesus—God’s own Son—would be the “suffering servant” (Isaiah 53). And Jesus lived his life as the definitive statement about service as a path to greatness. What’s more, Paul identified Jesus as the ultimate example of servant leadership. He told the Philippian church that “Christ Jesus…being in the very nature of God…made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant” (Philippians 2:5-7).
Jesus insisted that his followers lead by serving. No one can argue with his command because he modeled the kind of service he was advocating. And he certainly models greatness. Jesus is the ultimate servant leader.
Click here to learn more about Jesus: The Ultimate Servant Leader and what he expects from us.