How would you describe your leadership skills?
I can tell a lot about your management by the way your employees react when you show up in their department or on their unit or floor. Do they react with a smile and come towards you, or do they avert their eyes and move away?
If the latter is happening to you, it could be a big red flag. You could end up being blindsided with problems “from out of nowhere” and resignations you never saw coming.
If you are in a position of authority, you have to do everything within your power to develop relationships. People have to trust that you won’t demean their spirit. They need to know that they can come to you with problems, and that you will listen to their concerns. They want you to know their name and while you may disagree, you will always respect their opinions. Your humble understanding and compassion will earn you the loyalty and respect of your employees.
God has trusted you enough to give you a position of power. Share that power to care for others who come to you. Be caught up in a divine stream of leadership.
Jesus, the ultimate teacher, had been given ALL POWER. He used this power to wrap His coat around His waist, get on His knees and wash His disciple’s feet. At first, His disciples didn’t understand this gesture.
Jesus will never embarrass or belittle you. He will call you by name and never be in so much of a hurry that He cannot hear your concerns. He will discipline you in a manner that is timely and appropriate. He will share His knowledge and wisdom to make you a better person. Christ is the CEO of the world, and yet He works to make you feel essential and important in His kingdom plan. He calls you to a position and enables you to accomplish things you never thought possible.
Now, it’s your turn to pay it forward and show others that you understand what true leadership is all about. With faith and hard work, you will come to understand what the disciples came to know.
“Do you understand what I have done for you?” He asked them. “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” John 13:12-17