A thought on Christian-Based Leadership...
It's not about me.
Often more is accomplished as a collaborative "We."
But ultimately, we miss the point if we don't make it all about HE!
Leadership is a crucial component in many areas of life, including within our career, marriage, parenting, etc. As Christian leaders, we must strive to adapt our leadership styles to model the examples of humility and grace that are given to us in the Bible, while also always being mindful of submitting to the greater/higher ways of our sovereign God.
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others." (Philippians 2:3-4)
"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 20:26-28)
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12)
Which leads us to the third "strand" (me, We, HE)...
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- his good, pleasing and perfect will." (Romans 12:2)
"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:9)
"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; YET NOT MY WILL, BUT YOURS BE DONE." (Luke 22:42, emphasis added)
Dear friends, I encourage you to pause and reflect on your own leadership style. Is it all about you? Are you seeking to collaborate with (and serve) your spouse, children, colleagues, etc.? And, are you being intentional about stepping back and taking your challenges to the Lord -- and then trusting His "good, pleasing and perfect will", even if you don't always understand (or agree with) it in the moment?
Remember, His ways/thoughts are higher than ours. Let us strive to pray and trust as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ taught us; "yet not my will, but yours be done." That is where we will find the best outcome within the me<We<HE leadership formula, as we trust His perfect plans, peace and love!
Coach Shane is a disciple of Jesus Christ, a husband, a father, and an entrepreneur. He is an International Coach Federation (ICF) trained life coach and graduate of the Certified Professional Life Coach (CPLC) program through the Christian Coach Institute. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) and Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA).
Coach Shane has a heart for helping men, families, professionals, leaders and young adults in their earthly walks as they continue to grow and develop into the family, church, business, and community leaders that God is calling them to become. He does not teach about the Bible or religion as a trained Pastor or Theologian would, but rather relates Christian principles to the everyday walk of earthly life, doing so from a layman’s perspective. Applying a Christian perspective to real life. For more information visit Shane Hansen, Christian Life Coach, LLC.
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