INSTRUCTIONS: You must also post replies of at least 200 words to the two discussion post threads. Each reply must cite at least 1 scholarly source or include 1 biblical integration. Scholarly resources must come from peer-reviewed journals.
In Lead Like Jesus Revisited, authors Ken Blanchard, Phil Hodges, and Phyllis Hendry discuss effective leadership skills through the alignment of two external domains (the heart and the head), and two external domains (the hands and the habits). It is through the 4Hs of leadership that we can lead through a servant mentality. Leading like Jesus requires leaders to be both shepherds and servants at times which takes the concept of transformational leadership to a whole new level and requires leaders to develop sense of where they fit into the big picture. “Servant leaders aren’t threatened by people around them who perform well, because their confidence is secure in the unconditional love of God. Being rooted in God’s love permits servant leaders to see and respond to the success of other in a different way; they celebrate it rather than fear it” (Pence, 2016). We are all given different talents, but it is through our understanding and acceptance of these gifts that we have been given that we are able to become more likened to the leadership of Jesus. (Blanchard, Hodges, & Hendry, 2016)
Throughout the Bible, we are taught about leadership from different perspectives. A leader we can look to as a good example of a servant leader in addition to Jesus is Nehemiah. “In Nehemiah 1:1-11, Nehemiah hears of the state of Jerusalem, its walls, and the temple. His response to this news is to pray. He refers to himself as God’s servant, and he dedicates himself to leading God’s people as His servant.” (Robert, 2009) Nehemiah is a good example of an early project manager who was rational, motivating, and encouraging in addition to being a servant. Another example of our instruction to lead with a servant’s mentality can be found in Mark 19: 42-45 which states, “And Jesus called them to him and said to them, ‘You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones’ exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many’.”
I recently attended a class at work called ‘Leadership through people skills’ in which we all set down and discussed how many previous bosses we had and of them how many would we consider as good strong leaders. It was eye-opening to conclude that few leaders really stood out. Additionally, we tend to remember the negative experiences rather than the positive. As a Service Manager, this made me consider the impact of my actions, and how I am seen from my employees’ perspective. Something that I like to remember about the concept of Leading like Jesus is that its not about perfection at all. Jesus took the time to see things from other’s viewpoints and be the leader that they needed at that point in time.
Blanchard, K., Hodges, P., & Hendry, P. (2016). Lead Like Jesus Revisited. Nashville, TN: W Publishing, and imprint of Thomas Nelson.
Pence, B. (2016, June 22). Coram Deo-Looking at a contemporary culture from a Christina worldview. Retrieved from https://coramdeotheblog.com/2016/06/22/book-review-and-quotes-from-lead-like-jesus-revisited/
Robert, S. (2009, March 29). Nehemiah: the Servant Leader. Retrieved from SImply Gospel: https://simplygospel.wordpress.com/2009/03/29/nehemiah-the-servant-leader/
Eight Steps and Four Domains
The Use of 8 and 4
It appears God is excelling me in ways in which I cannot explain. When reading my review, I’m encouraged to excel and do more. What’s interesting is that my review speaks of how well I could do the things being requested as if I have already accomplished the task. If it were not for God himself, I would translate this to a worldly word ‘lie’ but instead I speak of it at a vision of where I will be. The manager that God is allowing me to work with, is on a journey as I am transitioned. God is allowing me to Lord to speak life over people not of where they are but the potential within. Continuous improvement can be measured various ways depending on perspective ( Lieske & Dodd 2014).
How it all applies
There are eight (8) steps that can be used as guidance through the change (Starbird & Cavanagh, 2011). This manager has applied principles that ensure, when by faith steps are taken, that moving forward will be accomplished. Like royalty during coronation, they have to accept the change before the next move may occur. Their steps are predestined and ordered but they still must accept. When the habit is to follow the heart, it is clear the matters of the mind come from the heart and worked through the hands ( Googer, 2017). One’s beliefs and theories become habit forming ( Blanchard, Hodges, & Hendry, 2016). The transformational journey does not end until the earthly life is over.
Second (2nd) Kings 2 reminds us of the request from Elisha. He wanted a double portion from his role model. Elijah had already planned to bless Elisha and the change was to increase what would be delivered. He shared for Elisha how to be positioned. Elisha had self discipline and as a result he was anointed with the double portion left behind (Cardwell, 2015) . When Elijah departed the implementation of change was delivered and the transformational new life began.
While Jesus was on the cross, he could have said ‘no more’. He was close to the transformation of a new life. The change was from life to death but the transformation did not end there. He was risen from the dead to live the new life back in heaven and we, the believer, was left with one greater than all left in the World. This gave those to come after the resurrection to start their transformational journey. Everyone has a choice. In Mark, Corinthians and Romans; we are reminded of his transformation which opened the door for anyone’s transformation journey that decided to receive it.
Jesus, Elijah, Elisha and my manager; all are examples of leadership. They utilized tools which are now referenced as the eight (8) steps and four (4) Hs. Their leadership is a constant reminder that we all need encouragement. Judgment is for the wilderness, my duty is to encourage as the Word encourages me.
Blanchard K,, Hodges, P. & Hendry, P. (2016). Lead Like Jesus Revisted. Nashville, TN: W Publishing, and imprint of Thomas Nelson.
Cardwell, J. (2015). DISCIPLINED LEADERSHIP. Credit Union Magazine, 81(5), 32-35. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/docview/1680483888?accountid=12085
Googer, H. (2017). Lead like jesus revisited: Lessons from the greatest leadership role model of all time. Christian Education Journal, 14(2), 487-490. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/docview/1960977531?accountid=12085
Lieske, Sandy, MS-ECE,M.S.-M.O.T., P.E.M., & Dodd, Bret,M.S.-E.E., M.B.A. (2014). ENABLINGDRAMATICALLY IMPROVED QUALITY AND EMPLOYEE SATISFACTION THROUGH THE APPLICATION OF LEAN PRINCIPLES. Paper presented at the 1-10. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=https://search-proquest.com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/docview/1705171543?accountid=12085
Starbird, D. & Caanagh, R. R. (2011). Building engaged team performance: Align your processes and people to achieve game-changing business results. McGraw-Hill.