Whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all.
Researchers at Arizona State University released a study showing that while arrogance and self-importance impress outsiders, it’s bosses with humility who impress their employees. When a CEO displays a humble spirit, he or she gains the long-term respect of coworkers. The Arizona researchers called this kind of attitude: “Servant Leadership.”
Management expert Ken Blanchard points out that Jesus Christ not only taught servant leadership; He modeled it perfectly. One of the indications we’re following His example, says Blanchard, is how we respond to feedback. When self-serving leaders get feedback, they tend to become defensive or resentful. They’re interested in protecting their status, their turf, and their system. But servant leaders welcome feedback, for it’s how they learn, change, respond to the thoughts and needs of others, and show respect to the one speaking to them.
Jesus came not to be served, but to serve. As we humble ourselves and serve others, God will increase our influence and extend our effectiveness in arenas both large and small.
Christians have more in Jesus than just a great spiritual leader; we have a practical and effective leadership model for all organizations, for all people, for all situations.
Ken Blanchard, in Servant Leader