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Leaders take responsibility…

Leaders must not only take responsibility of their own lives, but that of others around them. As leaders progress in their journey they see things as they really are. They become highly tuned to their own strengths and limitations. However against the backdrop of a dying world, what they see most, is their God-ordained role of bringing life to those around them.

This clear sense of reality drives them to serve others, as Jesus did. Jesus took responsibility of things that were not his faultunlike Pilate who wiped his hands clean, Jesus had his hands nailed for humanity. Real leaders do not point fingers or blame circumstances or even their own inadequacies, but they take ownership of that which they can influence and serve with humility.

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  • jean February 8, 2007, 4:26 pm

    As the world judges Jesus was not a successful leader, choosing humility and servanthood and even his closest followers disappeared at the end. (But wasn’t it Pilate who washed his hands??)
    Jesus called us to follow as he did in obedience to the Father and empowered by the Spirit
    I think you are right about seeing reality but it is looking at each person with Gods eyes and loving them with His love; so good leaders are tuned to Gods wavelength rather than acting on their dtrength—

  • Albert February 8, 2007, 4:32 pm

    Man, how can I “ever” complain about my life…?

  • Lon February 8, 2007, 4:42 pm

    Thanks for dropping by Jean. You’re right, we need new eyes as we look at those around us. and good catch on pilate! i’ve got to correct that!

    Albert, don’t worry even the best of us get into funks… but it’s always helpful to take a step back and look beyond ourselves…

  • sspeters February 10, 2007, 10:17 am

    Lon,

    Words we should all be pondering deeply … thanks for the reminder.

    I LOVE the picture. So much power in images!

  • Jonathan February 11, 2007, 5:26 am

    Interesting post.

    I tend to sit on the fence with issues such as this – we are never really going to know what happened during the time Jesus was alive, so it therefore depends on how much faith you have in the version of history told to us by scripture.

    It’s a great question to pose to somebody studying theology though – was Jesus a good leader?

  • Lon February 12, 2007, 10:35 am

    Sean, thanks for dropping by. I thought the picture was totally profound…

    Jonathan, thanks for tuning in. You’re right, faith plays a big part in things. I’d say that it’s not only those who are studying theology, but even most secular experts would say Jesus was one of the greatest leaders of all time. Jim Collins would call him a level five leader. Regardless of what people think of him, he has marked our world as we know it more than any one individual in history.

    All the leadership stuff aside though, sometimes I have the same doubts, but as I follow the ways of Jesus, for some reason, I find myself becoming more, and more, the person I’ve always longed to become. Thanks for commenting Jonathan, and feel free to chime in here any other time as well!

  • jean February 12, 2007, 1:43 pm

    This is a fascinating discussion! The basic dafinition of a leader is that he or she has followers (Drucker?) and some the greatest leaders have influence but lacked intergrity. Jesus seems so much more than a Leader King, Saviour, Friend Lover, Lord of all-many leaders but only one Jesus.
    When I set out in search of definitions I found more than I expected and very directly related to your starting point. including a study of Jesus as leader. This is a thoroughly worth while site* for anyone involved in Christian Leadership but perhaps you arealready involved with it? It covers the familiar stuff from the Social Sciences and much more.
    I just Googled ‘leadership definition and came up with the *TEAL Trust- Have you seen it ? what do you think?

  • Lon February 13, 2007, 10:48 am

    Hey Jean, Jesus being the greatest leader of all time, I think every follower of Jesus is a leader, or at least has leadership potential within them…

    I’ve never heard of TEAL, i just quickly checked out the site, looks interesting… i find more and more research on leadership today, is simply revealing what Jesus had always said…

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