The Leadership of Jesus The question of whether leaders are born or can be taught is one that is common in leadership discussions. My personal opinion is that leaders can be taught, and should be taught by studying the principles and practices by which our history’s most effective leaders led. Furthermore; it is important to realize that leadership through hierarchies is quickly becoming inferior to leadership through service and having a joint vision shared by all those affected by this leader. Jesus was such a leader; a servant leader.
Jesus said, “whoever wants to become great mongo you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slaves] just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:25-28 New International Version). Jesus was a remarkable servant leader who led his followers as a team player, teacher and a strategist. Jesus did not lead by a ranking system or by giving orders, he led by the examples he set and his resulting actions, and he led by compassion, humility and integrity.
Jesus had a mission; he then acted to fulfill this mission through his disciples and his teachings. His strategic leadership involved teaching by example, never losing focus on the foundation of his teachings, and always acting through faith. This paper intends to elaborate on the main principles and practices of this great leader, and provide examples of how the leadership of Jesus is used D or should be used extensively today. Jesus’ mission was to reach all people with the Gospel that revealed him as the son of God who would liberate God’s people by offering Himself as the agreed sacrifice.
He did, however, understand the immensity of this task and therefore concentrated on forming and training twelve ordinary men to carry on the coaching of this Gospel. Jesus was able to bond these men of various backgrounds and they would follow him and sacrifice everything. Jesus said to them: “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). And so they “went out and preached that people should repent.
They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them” (Mark 6:12-13), for they knew that their reward “would be a hundred times as much in this present age homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fieldsјand with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life” (Mark 10:30). Jesus was a formidable, committed and loving team player and it was because of his skills as a teacher that the disciples turned away from their own interests and devoted themselves to his teachings.
Jesus taught in a multitude of settings and to various numbers of people. He taught to his disciples, the crowds, and to individual people such as Incidents, the Samaritan woman, and the rich young man. In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, e used the so called Beatitudes, and offered promises to the hungry, poor, and those who feared prosecution: “Blessed are you when people insult you persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:11-12) He conveyed to his listeners to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). He also emphasized the importance of spiritual morality and attitude: “do to others what you would eve them do to you” (Matthews 7:12) and he taught against self-righteousness, arrogance and egoism; “Watch out!
Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15). Jesus was a strategic and convincing teacher because he offered hope to those who had none, but made His followers aware of the dangers of putting ourselves and our possessions ahead of God. Jesus was a great strategist and this can clearly be seen by the vastness of the movement that he started. From the very beginning, Jesus was committed to raining the leaders who would continue to spread his message long after his death.
Jesus realized the importance in focusing on his disciples and teaching them the very details of his personal values and lifestyle. Jesus could surely reach more people by sending out his disciples to spread his message, but he also “appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go” (Luke 10:1) this was an excellent strategy in order to make people aware of his arrival.
However, it was also a strategy to teach his followers to have confidence in him; he tells them: “he who kittens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me” and when the seventy-two returned and told him, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name”, Jesus replied, “do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:16-20). Jesus taught his pupils that earthly successes and possessions are not what are important; they should strive for their ultimate goal, rejoicing God.
One of the reasons why Jesus’ leadership methods were so successful was the fact that Jesus led by examples. People are inclined to follow those who serve alongside with them and set examples for them. Jesus resisted Satin’s persuasion in the desert after fasting for 40 days and 40 nights, which taught his followers how to resist temptation and how to live a holy life without falling for deception. (Matthew 4: 1-11) Jesus was also an admirable leader as he showed great compassion, humility, and integrity.
Jesus showed constant compassion for his people through the healing, teaching, and finally by dying on the cross for all people. “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, cause they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things” (Mark 6:34). He showed great humility at the last supper when he washed the disciples’ feet CLC a task normally performed by servants D and declared, “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 have done for you. I tell you the truth, 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 13:14-17). Finally, Jesus was respected and trusted by his followers; he showed great integrity in all that he did. Jesus never led by orders, demands or by micromanaging.
He was not a leader driven by his ego, greed or his pride; he was a servant leader, committed to his people. He was a strategic leader motivated by compassion for his followers, determined to empower those around him to continue the movement he started. Jesus was an excellent teacher and a very successful leader who instilled in all those who followed him C] and still follow him 0 that leadership is an act of service.