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Servant Leadership: Authenticity and the Spiritual Journey

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Authenticity

Leading with a Noble Purpose and pursuing a life of service to others only becomes authentic, dynamic and revitalizing when your spiritual practice evolves to the higher stages.

Until then it is mainly a “prepersonal” exercise firmly anchored to your egocentric self.

Being Selfless or Selfish

Leading without a spiritual purpose boils down to a simple ego-boosting technique that may make you feel better, but it will not lead to authenticity and into the ranks of the BIG L Leader.  Doing good and being your highest self is not the same thing.  Doing good can have at its essence an inflated ego drive – at a prepersonal level.

Authenticity and right motives may be repressed by the cocoons of denial and self-deception always assuring you of what a good person you are.  When in reality, Authentic Servant Leadership requires brutal self-honesty (as to your true intentions) and that you truly…

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Servant Leaders: You are not like the others.

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“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave, 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

Among the images that race through our thoughts during Holy week, one that resonates with me is servant heart that Jesus displayed throughout His season on earth. He could have come as a king, the people fed by the miracle of the loaves and fishes were ready to submit themselves to the rule of Jesus, make him their King. But Jesus wanted no part in that, rather He wanted, He needed, to fulfill His destiny as servant of the people and of His father.

On the night before He was arrested, Jesus served communion to His disciples to illustrate the sacrifice that He was about to make for them and the rest of the world. He could have allowed those around Him to comfort Him and cater to Him in those last hours but rather Jesus committed one more act of servitude to the disciples, He washed their feet.

On this Maundy Thursday, remember that it is easy to try and lord over others, to control people around you, but as Christians it is “Not so with you”. The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve others. While He gave His life as a ransom for the sins of many, He left behind atonement and a servants heart for each of us that desire it and believe.

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Choices in servant leadership.

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To me Margaret Thatcher is one of those individuals that truly embodies Ecclesiastes 3:

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven

For those of us that were around in that “season”, we were fortunate to have two great leaders in both Thatcher and Ronald Reagan whose seasons were defined by not only the times in which they lived but also by the strength of their profound faith in God. They projected their faith in God in all that they did, but they also projected their faith in us, as peoples of our counties, of the world, and of the Kingdom of God. In retrospect, whether you cared for their politics, as Christians we should embrace their commitment to the providence of God as the guiding hand for their leadership.

With the recent passing Margaret Thatcher, I came across an interview that she gave after she left office that captures how she embodied her faith in to her very public works. Thatcher identified three “distinctive marks” of Christianity.

  1. Man has been “endowed by God with the fundamental right to choose between good and evil.”
  2. That as creatures in God’s image “we are expected to use all our own power of thought and judgement in exercising that choice,” with divine guidance if we “open our hearts to God.”
  3. That “Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, when faced with His terrible choice and lonely vigil, chose to lay down His life that our sins may be forgiven.”

We are responsible for our own actions and inaction, our choices and indifference, they all manifest themselves as our moral fiber and integrity. Each of us is simultaneously blessed and burdened with free will and self-determination, to travel as the true north of our moral and spiritual compass dictates.

If we are to be Christians, truly following the example of Christ, we must know that our choices, our decisions, our judgement, impacts our relationship with God.

We are expected to trust and love God above all and to love other as ourselves. If our choices, our decisions, our judgement, is egocentric and self serving then we fall short of God’s expectations of us.

If we are to lead ourselves, our families and those around us, as servant leaders we must listen to our calling from God and obey the examples put forth by Jesus as he lived out his “season” on earth.  Make choices grounded in the laws laid down by God and the principles exemplified by Jesus. “Choose ye this day whom you will serve”.

What choices you will make today?

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