One would assume that leadership would be about the cause of Christ and for the benefit of those being led, but that would be a wrong assumption. Unfortunately, a lot of leadership is all about the leader.
In Ezekiel 34:2, we read, “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord God: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not Shepherds feed the sheep?” (ESV)
Leadership will fall into two broad categories:
- Egocentric leadership-All about the leader
- Altruistic leadership- All about the led
If the leader is a genuine servant leader, he will have a God-given dream/vision in mind and will focus attention on shepherding, developing, equipping and empowering those being led toward the fulfillment of that dream/vision. A leader wrapped up in himself makes a very small package.
I think one of the best passage in the New Testament on servant leadership is 1 Peter 5:1-11:
- Shepherd the flock (not yourself)
- Not under compulsion
- Not for shameful gain
- Not domineering
The Lord Jesus, by His own admission, came not to be served but to serve and give His life! Is your leadership about people serving you or you serving people? Is your leadership egocentric or altruistic? Do an honest and genuine heart check!