For the last two months we have examined six
leadership lessons from Jesus found in the four Gospels. This month we
will consider three lessons all found in Matthew.
Leaders identify those who can carry on the
mission. Jesus summoned twelve and gave them authority (4:9;
10:1-14). Eleven were successful, perhaps some more than others. Peter,
for example, was the first head of the church and John wrote letters
that became an important part of the Bible. Leaders must identify those
who possess drive, understand priorities, demonstrate integrity, can
adjust to change, inspire others, and have a passion to grow. Jesus did
this; and consider the results.
Leaders mentor those who will carry on the
mission. While the gospels are filled with how Jesus mentored his
disciples, look especially at Matthew10:5 ff.; 17:1-3; 26:17-29). Jesus
demonstrated a desire to help them grow, invested time and effort in the
task, and focused on future needs. In his outstanding book, How to
Delegate Effectively, my long-time friend and highly skilled
leadership and management consultant, Peter A. Land stresses that
leaders must delegate to subordinates if they want growth in followers.
Using the acronym DELEGATE, Pete says leaders must Describe the
task, Explain the purpose, List the benefits, Examine
their skills, Give authority, Assign resources, Teach
the process, and Express appreciation. Jesus did these things.
And look at the results.
Leaders plan for their succession to ensure the
mission continues. After Jesus had identified and mentored the
disciples, as we said last month, He sent them well-prepared for the
mission to “. . . make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to
observe all that I commanded. . . .” (28:19-20). No one can question the
success of this great Leader.
In the past three months we have seen nine lessons
learned from the greatest leader who ever lived. Next month we will
begin our study of leadership lessons from other personalities in the