Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. Daniel 12:3 NIV
The old saying is familiar and true: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. As believers, we are called to imitate, as best we can, the carpenter from Galilee. The task of imitating Christ is often difficult and sometimes impossible, but as Christians, we must continue to try.
Our world needs leaders who willingly honor Christ with their words and their deeds, but not necessarily in that order. If you seek to be such a leader, then you must begin by making yourself a worthy example to your family, to your friends, to your church, and to your community. After all, your words of instruction will never ring true unless you yourself are willing to follow them.
Christ-centered leadership is an exercise in service: service to God in heaven and service to His children here on earth. Christ willingly became a servant to His followers, and you must seek to do the same for yours.
Are you the kind of servant-leader whom you would want to follow? If so, congratulations: you are honoring your Savior by imitating Him. And that, of course, is the sincerest form of flattery.
True leaders are not afraid to surround themselves with people of ability’and not afraid to give those people opportunities for greatness. Warren Wiersbe The goal of leadership is to empower the whole people of God to discern and to discharge the Lord’s will. Stanley Grenz
Leadership is found in becoming the servant of all. Richard Foster
The great illusion of leadership is to think that others can be led out of the desert by someone who has never been there. Henri Nouwen
Shepherd God’s flock, for whom you are responsible. Watch over them because you want to, not because you are forced. That is how God wants it. Do it because you are happy to serve. 1 Peter 5:2 NCV
In thinking about your leadership style, ask yourself this: who’s your model? If you’re wise, you’ll try, as best you can, to emulate Jesus.