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July 19, 2016

Being a Leader

Whether it’s leading a team of fellow workers, volunteers, or our own families, we have the best role model for leadership in Jesus, the greatest leader of all time! He is the leader who took a disorganized “staff” of twelve into a thriving organization with billions of followers across the globe that’s lasted over 2,000 years.

Good leaders are easy to follow.  Jesus was especially easy to follow because he was approachable. In many cases, people buy into the leader before they even understand the leader’s vision.  This was certainly the case with Jesus.

The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples. As Jesus walked by, John looked at Him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!” When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus. John 1:35-37 (NLT)

One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow Me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed Him. Matthew 4:18-20 (NLT)

Successful leaders lead by example and provide good instructions to their inner circles.  Jesus spent the majority of his time with His disciples, His inner circle. This was a strategic decision because it was these individuals who could best further His mission and vision. Great leaders continually communicate to their teams to define their purpose and explain why they exist.

When He had finished washing their feet, He put on His clothes and returned to His place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” He asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. John 13:12-15 (NLT)

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be My witnesses, telling people about Me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8 (NLT)

Finally, a leader’s potential is determined by those closest to him, and a leader’s lasting value is measured by succession.  Only secure leaders give power to others, and Jesus knew the importance of empowering his team to spread the Good News.

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in Me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” John 14:12 (NLT)

And then He told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” Mark 16:15 (NLT)

Coming soon, you have a great opportunity to improve your own leadership skills that will help you better develop the people you lead in your life. Please join us at The Global Leadership Summit on August 11th and 12th at our Woodlands or Atascocita campus.  Please follow this link for additional details and registration information. Early bird registration ends July 12th.