Articles of Faith: Leadership and the Servant Spirit

What makes a great leader? How do leaders inspire, guide, and serve in their role?
 Who can we all reliably look to for the true heart of leadership?

A valuable lesson is taught by the servant spirit that Jesus Christ possessed and used to guide his disciples.

While many CEOs of businesses are, unfortunately, concerned with themselves and nothing much beyond that, it’s the true leaders who look to Christ’s example who succeed in not only creating profits, but also inspiring others.

(Acts 20:28)  “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.”

The True Leader is a Servant to the People 

Likewise, the best long-term plan for a successful corporation or small business is for the leadership to serve the people they hire and train. As a leader, I spend most of my working day making sure that I’m serving the needs of my family, who trusts me to be their leader.

I am also serving my employees, who are depending on me to do the right things as the captain of our vessel. As captain of your business, it is important to reflect on your goals as a spiritual mentor and employer.

Leaders are shepherds. Take on the responsibility and the reward.

Gaining Respect

The leader who spends his day asking his employees to serve him will gain no respect from his people. Christ did not command that his flock respect Him. He showed them He cared for God and His people beyond all measures of pain and sacrifice.

He was the inspiration, and those who followed Him were granted the rewards of His work.

Today, the startup movement is filled with self-centered, self-serving people who are more interested in building a company in order to sell it for a large profit than in building a company that truly values its employees. The true leader recognizes that those employees are depending on him to feed their families and provide long-term consistency as an employer.

As a leader, you have an opportunity to go above and beyond so you can make a true difference in people’s lives. The first employee my partner and I hired needed extensive dental work. We set a goal to provide him with insurance so he could get new teeth. It took a while, but we did it.

Today, he smiles proudly.

(Peter 5:3) “And do not lord it over those entrusted to you but be examples to the flock.”

Leading By Example

The Servant Leader Shows Others by Example

The servant leader demonstrates good character through his kindness, generosity, and mission. The humility that is required of a Christ-like leader is not easy. Society and, sometimes, even your own employees will make you believe you are at the top of the food chain.

You may be excelling in your personal and business life, but it will be short-lived if you do not serve the people you lead.

It is easy to slip into arrogant thinking.

You must resist this urge and remember that, while you worked diligently to attain your current place, those around you worked hard as well to make sure the entire vehicle, or business, ran smoothly and successfully. You needed help and guidance to reach your goals.

Now, you have the opportunity to provide that guidance and spirit to your employees.

The Foolish Leader

A Sad Sight is the Foolish Leader

He struts around like he’s the top dog, but he has the respect of no one. And the next top dog is waiting in the wings to take his place. The leader who truly possesses the servant spirit can show, by example, that the predatory nature that exists in business is not a necessity.

Through acts of graciousness, generosity, and awareness, the leader can become a hero to his employees. In return, his employees can take ownership of their accomplishments and return to their homes at night as heroes.

I want my employees’ families to be proud of the person they work for – who works for them as well.

Are you demonstrating Christ’s character in your business? Are you shepherding your employees? Are you encouraging your employees to take on the responsibility of shepherding? Are you afraid to show your love for Christ through your leadership? Lets talk about it. 

Randy Minchew
is a serial entrepreneur and a chronic ideater

He has over 30 years of experience launching startups and a heart for Jesus
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