True Leadership 真正的领导者

领导者的人格特质一:成熟的人格 (Mature)
Sep 7: 1 Cor 14:20 Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults
领导者的人格特质二:淡泊简朴 (Simple)
Sep 8: Isaiah 56:11 The dogs have a mighty appetite; they never have enough. The shepherds also have no understanding; they have all turned to their own way, to their own gain, one and all.
领导者的人格特质三:谦卑 (Humble)
Sep 9: James 4:6 But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
领导者的人格特质四:不激动 (Not easily angered)
Sep 10: Proverbs 14:30 A tranquil mind gives life to the flesh, but passion makes the bones rot.
领导者的人格特质五:公正 (Just)
Sep 11: John 7:24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”
领导者的人格特质六:敬畏上帝 (In awe of our God)
Sep 12: Eccelesiastes 12:13 The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for that is the whole duty of everyone.

Reflections:

Jesus is the perfect example of servant leadership.

There are 6 characteristics of a true leader – Mature, Simple, Humble, Not easily angered, Just and always in awe of our God.

A mature leader will think in terms of responsibilities and consequences. There are always trade -offs and a leader must act in the benefit of the greater good. Being “simple” means not being obsessive and possessive – practising some form of “detachment” – that a true leader will not be overly attached to anything, or anyone. A humble leader is one who recognizes that he alone will not get the job done, and is ever ready to share the glory with the rest of the team. The person in authority should not be easily angered – he should practise a “tranquil mind” – being cool-headed in all situations and able to access a situation under stress, and still make the right decisions. A true leader must also practise justice – no favoritism – no one is above the rules, regulations and the law. The leader is able to subject himself to the same rules he expects of his followers, and finally, a true leader is God-centred. Everything and anything he does is in accordance to God’s will.

The standards set are of God’s kingdom and not of this world. It is almost “human nature” to do the exact opposite. However, God says this is what true leadership is about. It is difficult, but not impossible.

I look at my own situation and realize that any leader in the workplace can claim to be a man of God. For instance,  he sings well and leads in charismatic worship. He quotes easily from the bible.
However, the sad truth is that he does not practise what he preaches. One will then know by his actions that he has let down fellow followers, and lent fodder to non-believers’ accusations against God.

There is this Chinese saying – 路遥知马力,日久见人心 – which loosely translates to mean “the horse will show its strength through long journeys, and a person will reveal his character through time”. The moral of the story is really that you cannot hide your true character and that others can tell through time.

This is exactly like a case known by many who are leaving this “leader”, and so it is going to be a very expensive lesson for him. There is no joy in leaving him. One does not say that he deserves it and one has no need to be angry with him too. 
I just find that this is a very apt and appropriate reminder for myself. As  a leader myself, I must bear in mind what I am now saying and display the marks of true leadership.

May our God our Lord Jesus Christ continue to guide us to practise what He teaches us, and may we be ever ready to hold Him in awe. When we are God-centred,  it will not be impossible to practise servant leadership. Amen!

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