Leaders influence others. Leaders can be great or common, management or staff, Christ-centered or Christ-less. If your work influences others, you are a leader.
Jesus taught leadership by example. He is the embodiment of personal greatness, and the quintessential Servant Leader. Jesus defines the servant leader in Mark 10:42-45, and you can apply His teaching to your everyday job.
Jesus begins in verse 42 by describing the least effective way to lead, “Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.’” Jesus uses the phrase “over them” twice in this single verse, both times with negative connotations. These “rulers” and “high officials” who “lord” their authority over others are the antithesis of the servant leader. They are driven by rank, rules and hierarchy; they control rather than inspire.
These types of leaders exalt themselves at the expense of their organizations and those whom they influence.
In verses 43 and 44, Jesus describes God’s type of leader which is the servant leader. He says, “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.”