I address this one last simply so it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle. I believe this last principle of leadership to be the most important, it’s the one that brings energy to the rest of them.
Jesus said he did not enter this world to be served, but to serve. The gospels are filled with stories illustrating his self-sacrificing love for others, in particular I recall the last supper as Jesus notices a small detail that has not been tended to. Normally a task for the low man on the totem pole, Jesus grabs a basin of water and a towel and proceeds to wash his followers’ feet.
At this very last opportunity when they were all together, when it seemed to be the most critical time he had to impart his last words to them, Jesus started by demonstrating his love for them, not just saying it.
The entire Gospel is driven by the love of God, before he created this world God knew what it was going to cost him, before he spoke this universe into existence he felt the pain of the cross and the separation of the Trinity.
We are called to lead others with love, love that does things for others, regardless of the cost to our personal security and gain. Love is the posture that God leads from. Love is the way of leadership, we know how much God loves us, do the people we lead know how much we love them?
Love gives energy to our purpose. Love generates resourcefulness. Love is determined to never quit. Love sacrifices personal hopes, and tears down personal barriers. Love always wins.
Here are a couple of book summaries I have found helpful in the area of leading with love. Our agreement with Leadership Studies allows us to share these with everyone who is influenced by Richwoods.
Love Works by Joel Manby
Encouraging the Heart by James Kouzes and Barry Posner
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