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October 2013 - Leadership Lessons from Jesus found in the Gospel of Mark

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Dr. John KlineFor the past ten months we examined leadership lessons from books of prophecy in the Old Testament.  For the next year we will consider leadership lessons found in the New Testament, beginning with lessons from the Greatest Leader who ever lived. 

Leaders should demonstrate compassion.  Mark 6:34 reports Jesus saw the multitudes and felt compassion for them. But Jesus not only felt compassion, he demonstrated it. Moved with compassion, He healed the sick (Matthew 14:14), ministered to the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:4-6), gave sight to the blind (Matthew 20:34), fed the multitude (Mark 8:2), and brought the dead back to life (Luke 7:13). All four gospels tell of His compassion.  Leaders today should demonstrate compassion.  Compassion is the right thing, it gains follower’s trust, and it results in a willingness to follow.  

Leaders should obey those in authority over them. When told by his Father that it was time for him to die for others, Jesus demonstrated both His humanity by asking if there was a way to escape death, but He also demonstrated obedience when He said, “Abba Father . . . not My will, but what Thou wilt” (Mark 14:36).  If my supervisor asks me to do something that I am not sure I want to do, we will discuss the matter.  But in the end, if it is not illegal, immoral, or unethical, I will obey.  Lack of obedience and following guidance can destroy an organization or group.

Leaders should serve others and the organization.  Mark 10:45 expresses what true leadership is all about—servant leadership.  Jesus came not to be served, but to serve.  I teach on, speak about, and strive to be a servant leader in all I do. I am now in my mid-70’s, and I declare with certainty: If all else is equal, those who live a life of service are healthier emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually than those who do not serve.  A true leader should be a servant leader who positively transforms others and organizations.

The Bible is the greatest source of leadership lessons that has ever existed. The thirty seven lessons I plan to cover over the next year are as true today as they were 2000 years ago.

John Kline
Montgomery, Alabama

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