Servant leadership empowers others to serve

| September 23, 2016 | 0 Comments


Chaplain (Capt.) Christopher Hodge
303rd Explosive Ordnance Battalion
U.S. Army-Pacific Command
Michael Josephson said, “Great leaders are teachers not tyrants. They help their followers see and understand more. They inspire them to become more and motivate them to do more.”

The impact of leadership cannot be overestimated, because influence is one of the most powerful forces that shape our world. It doesn’t take much to see how bad or corrupt leaders can severely damage organizations and the institutions that shape society. Indeed, history has shown how corruption has even damaged entire generations.

Servant leadership
The Christian example of leadership is and always has been that of the servant. When Jesus took the washbasin and washed his disciple’s feet, this was more than just an act. It was a revolutionary undertaking.

Footsteps in FaithIn the western world, the idea of servant leadership is well known, and most leaders would be quick to say they live by that definition; however, our words often do not match our actions. Motive is the heart’s plumb line for judging whether or not our actions are truly in the best interest of others.

My grandfather once sat me down after a situation where I acted less than the gentleman he taught me to be.

He stated, “Chris, do you know what the problem of being deceived is?”
I said, “No.”

He replied, “You don’t know it.”

The heart is truly deceptive and everyone likes to think he/she is doing the right things for the right reasons but the truth is, good self-reflection will often reveal selfishness in much of what we do. This is common, but it is hardly noble.

I think true leaders will be like fathers and mothers to those they are called to lead. A good parent is never jealous of a child’s accomplishment; in fact, they are proud of them and sacrifice their lives to provide every opportunity for that child to excel and climb “higher” than them.

Imagine the impact on the world if everyone strove to walk this out in his or her lives. Imagine how your circle of influence would be better if you lived it out every day. Imagine how your children would benefit, how your organization would benefit.

That is the power of vision, and vision in action is the power of change.


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