Do you want to be a leader? If yes, then you need to look into the life of Jesus Christ. If there is one person whom you should study and follow, then it should be Jesus Christ. Though executed as a criminal, Jesus Christ is considered to be the best and the perfect model of leadership. He was able to found a religion with billions of people adhering to it today.
So how can you be a leader? Here are 5 ways to be a leader like Jesus Christ.
1. Be a good follower
In order for you to be a good leader, you must first learn to be a good follower. Jesus Christ is a good follower. He doesn’t do anything against the will of His Father.
Jesus Christ said, “The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner (John 5:19)”.
Jesus Christ even said that He can’t do anything by Himself and only do what the Father wills Him to do (John 5:30). He considers God the Father as someone greater than Him (John 14:28).
He exactly followed what is being commanded of Him. That is the type of a leader Jesus is.
2. Lead by example
Jesus Christ lived a perfect life. He never sinned (II Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; I John 3:5). For this reason, Jesus Christ made the best example for all of us to imitate.
As for us, being a good leader does not mean that we will never commit a mistake. We are humans and we are bound to commit mistakes. But God expects us to set a good example.
Titus 2:7-8 tells us, “In all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.”
A good leader should have the credibility. His words and actions must be in harmony with each other. People are more convinced to follow a person when that person’s life exemplifies his teaching.
3. Give people a purpose
A good leader leads people by giving them purpose. Jesus Christ is very good at this. He is able to direct people’s attention from what is to what should be. Jesus Christ did not just give people an ordinary purpose, but an extraordinary purpose. The purpose Jesus Christ gave extends beyond this life.
More than just our physical existence, Jesus Christ pointed out that there is more to life than meets the eyes. He said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-20).
Jesus Christ is so good in motivating and inspiring people. He gives them purpose. If you want to be a leader, you should have the ability to instil in the hearts and minds of your followers the very purpose they have to live by.
4. Leading with humility
The problem with some leaders is that they become too proud because of their position. Some leaders think they are above anyone that they refuse to do lowly and dirty tasks such as picking the trash, mopping the floor, and cleaning the toilet. They see these tasks as something reserved for the followers.
However, this is not the case with Jesus Christ. He is a leader and at the same time, servant. In the night of Passover, He knelt down to wash the apostles’ feet (John 13:1-17). Stepping down in order to reach more people does not bother Jesus Christ. He said that if you want to be the greatest, you need to serve other people (Luke 22:24-27).
5. Improves Himself
A leader develops himself. From the very young age, Jesus Christ is into developing Himself. Luke 2:52 tells us, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men”. This is the summary of Jesus Christ’s growing up years. This is a great check list for any leader who wants to develop themselves.
It must be pointed out that you cannot give something you don’t have. If you haven’t developed the qualities of being a good leader, then it is difficult for you to lead other people. Developing yourself is not a one-time action, but it must be continuous and consistent.
These are some of the qualities Jesus Christ exemplified as a leader. In the final analysis, whether you hold a leadership position or not, you can aim in developing these qualities. Ultimately, we will all be kings and priests in the kingdom of God. This is the main reason that all Christians should aim in developing themselves to become a future leader, both now and in the coming reign of God.
How about you? Do you want to be a leader? What are the other qualities that you may suggest? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts. J