The Heart, Head, Hands and Habits of a Leader

You can’t mimic servant leadership, but you can learn it.

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Leadership is first a matter of the Heart

A servant leader is driven by selfless motivations and intentions. He cares more about the purpose and mission of his organization, and less about his title.

If you’re an aspiring leader, don’t mimic it. Check your motivations and intentions and make sure your heart is in the right place. Aim to lead like Jesus.

Leadership is effective when the Heart and Head are aligned

The intentions and motivations of a leader can be good, but if his beliefs and perspective on the role of a leader are skewed, his leadership won’t be effective.

If you’re an aspiring leader and you’re worried that your people don’t see you as their superior, check your beliefs and your perspectives. Pray for a servant heart and a clear mind.

The Hands of a leader show how it’s done

When Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, he didn’t do it because they were dirty. He wasn’t trying to fix them and he also wasn’t doing them a favor. Instead, he wanted to send a clear message to the others: whoever wants to be served must start by serving.

If you’re an aspiring leader, be ready to get your hands dirty. When hard times come, don’t blame your people so that you look better in the eyes of others. Aim to coach like Jesus.

A leader’s Habits when nobody is watching

Jesus wasn’t two-faced and he wasn’t an opportunist. He didn’t go to God to complain about his disciples or to talk behind their backs. His behavior was consistent and was aligned with his motivations and beliefs.

Commitment, consistency and integrity define a servant leader. If you aim to be one, check your habits and make sure they don’t change when nobody sees you.

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