What Biblical Leadership Looks Like

Eliashib shows us that servant leadership isn’t a deluxe or supplemental version of leadership; according to Jesus, it's the only kind of leadership.

Five Things Servant Leaders Do

Thoughts from King David’s servant leadership (Psalm 143)…

“And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies, and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul, for I am your servant. (Psalm 143:12 ESV)

1. Servant leaders walk in humility (v2).
2. They “remember” and “meditate” on God’s faithfulness (v5).
3. They reach and thirst for God’s presence (v6).
4. They listen for God’s instruction (v8).
5. They bring all the glory back to God (v11).

Leaders SERVE Others; There’s No Alternatives pt.3

The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say ‘I.’ And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say ‘I.’ They don’t think ‘I.’ They think ‘we’; they think ‘team.’ They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but ‘we’ gets the credit… This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.
-Peter Drucker

Servant-leaders are team players. They don’t play the game for personal wins. They play the game to see the team accomplish something it could never accomplish without the cooperative discipline of others. One is too small a number for greatness… servant-leaders understand this and work selflessly to equip and empower every player on the team so that each person can give their best to the mission.

Leaders SERVE Others; There’s No Alternatives pt.2

“Good leaders must first become good servants.” Robert Greenleaf

Leaders serve. It’s that simple. We can’t love God without loving people and we can’t love people without serving people. Scripture is clear that there is a correlation between loving God and esteeming people (1 John 4:20).

In John 13:1-17, Jesus is coming to the end of his journey here on earth. He’s spent three years teaching and equipping his disciples to become world changers. But before he departs, he wants to be sure they get this principle. He quietly kneels down, and in an unprecedented scene of humility and condescension, begins to wipe the feet of his disciples… feet soiled with dirt, grime, and manure, undoubtedly ripe of detestable odor.

Leaders SERVE Others; There’s No Alternatives pt.1

And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:42-45 ESV)

John Maxwell affirms, “The road to biblical leadership comes through service. Leaders may find themselves in the spotlight, but they also take the heat that often comes with that place of prominence. They speak up for the sake of the mission, but they are also willing to remain silent when it serves the organization. And at any moment, they must be willing to make all kinds of sacrifices for the sake of their people.”