A Leader is a Servant

Below are my notes of a leadership lesson I taught once entitled "A Leader is a Servant".  I think it is important for us as leaders to be reminded that our job is not to be a boss, but to be a servant.  To be a successful leader, we must humble ourselves and serve the needs of those whom we lead.

  1. Jesus has called us to be servant leaders
    1. Mark 10:41-45 - When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant. So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them.  But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
  2. We are not to Lord our titles over those that we lead
    1. Leaders who lead out of a title or position are not effective leaders
    2. Forbes defines leadership as “A process of social influence, which maximizes the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a goal”.
      1. Social Influence - not positional
        1. This comes from doing life together
      2. Maximizing the efforts of others means bringing out the best performance in them 
        1. Positional Leadership often can cause demoralization and discord
  3. We must serve those we lead as Jesus served us
    1. Washing of the feet
      1. This is always what people use to talk about servant leadership but I am going to use a different approach
    2. I want to look at what Jesus has done for you and I that causes us to follow him
      1. We serve Jesus because
        1. He died for us
        2. He sacrificed for us
        3. He loves us
        4. Things he has done for us personally
      2. As we think of the these things, we are compelled to serve Jesus not because he is God but because of how he has served us
      3. Jesus’ focus is not on what we can do for him but what he can do for us
        1. Many leaders act as if the sheep are only there for the benefit of the shepherd
          1. God has given us people, or sheep, to lead.  we must focus on their needs
          2. To many times we attempt to surround ourselves with people to fill our needs
          3. Jesus’ motives where not selfish 
  4. To better lead our teams, we must serve our teams as Jesus served us
    1. What is a way that we can serve our teams?
      1. Way that I can serve my team
    2. Challenge
      1. Serve someone on your team as Jesus has served you