No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
– Jesus Christ
The story of Jesus Christ is one of the most known leadership stories ever written. Christians and Non-Christians alike are all cognizant about His MISSION to TEACH love, as well as the great SACRIFICE of dying on the cross to save humanity. We know that Jesus Christ had an incredible WISDOM but was admirably HUMBLE. He had an indomitable FAITH and demonstrated His passionate LOVE for His people by being a SERVANT and not by dictating people on what to do but by INSPIRING them to do great things.
I think that Christmas time or lenten season would be the perfect time to reflect back on our leadership and how we did in the year. Introspection should be part of our daily routine, ideally. It would be like our time to recharge and rejuvenate. If I may, I’d like to share with you these questions to help you in your contemplation on this special day.
These guide questions are inspired by the perfect leadership of Jesus Christ. Let’s now ask ourselves these questions and answer objectively.
- Is this really your mission to lead- help people become the best they can be?
- Were you patient enough to teach the ones who struggle the most in your team?
- Were you always ready to sacrifice your time or happiness just to give time to listen to your people or work harder to ensure success for your people?
- Did you study, research, read great relevant books or seek advices to increase your knowledge or become wiser? You are not expected to know everything but it would be more efficient if you are also a subject matter expert. This will surely increase people’s trust in your capacity to help them succeed.
- Have you been humble enough to admit your lapses and worked on them? Have you been humble enough to admit that you are not the only source of great ideas so that you don’t fail to ask for ideas or suggestions from your team most of the time?
- Do you have faith? Do you have faith in your team’s capacity to be great? Do they know that you believe in them? Did you show and tell them?
- Do you love being a leader of your self and your team? Do you love what you do? Do you sincerely love your people? Do you know their language of love? Do they know your language of love?
- Can you consider yourself a servant leader? Do you ask favors from your people more than they ask you favors? Do you spend most of your hours coaching your people or on your seat?
- Are you inspiring? Is the life you live outside work (with your family or friends) as well as your principles or personality consistent with who you are at work? Are you a different person at work? If you are, work must be daunting to you and that will cause burnout in no time. I suggest you go back to no. 1 question. Think a little bit more and listen to your heart.
Attributes: Great Love, Subservient