“As leaders, we teach what we know but we reproduce what we are…it (leadership) is both something you are and something you do.”
Jesus lived what He taught. The greatest among you is a servant. You must die in order to live. If you love me, you will obey me. His life was a lived sermon. There was not one shred of incongruity between what He spoke and how He behaved. His example inspires us. His words command us.
The Apostle Paul exhorts us: “Have this mind in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” Jesus’ priorities. Jesus’ attitudes. It will take us our lifetime to continually move towards Jesus in learning to love what He loves and live as He lived.
Jesus was clear about His leadership goal: “You’ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around,” he said, “and when people get a little power how quickly it goes to their heads. It’s not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not to be served – and then to give away His life in exchange for many who are held hostage.” – Mark 10:41- 43 (The Message)
The “not so with you” lifestyle of a Christ-like leader compels us to use power on behalf of others for their benefit. The attitude of Jesus, the Creator and Sustainer of all things, demonstrates that true power is displayed in voluntarily becoming powerless in order to live sacrificially for the sake of others. It is the cruciform lifestyle. Dying, then being resurrected to new life…an eternal quality of life.
It is a challenge to live what we teach as it relates to crucifixion, resurrection, and power. Paul declared: “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Jesus’ priority is the whole world. His attitude is selflessness and humility.
Here at the cross in this sacred hour, Here at the source of reviving power
Helpless indeed, I come with my need. Lord, for Thy service, fit me I plead!
 Kouses and Posner, ed. Christian Reflections on The Leadership Challenge. Jossey-Bass, 2004. Pg. 47