MEET THE CEO

Activated - - NEWS - By Dina El­lens

There have been lots of charis­matic and vi­sion­ary lead­ers and CEOs

through­out his­tory, but none of them come close to top­ping the world-chang­ing im­por­tance of Je­sus Christ. So what lessons can we learn from His ex­am­ple as a leader?

Je­sus em­bod­ies the per­fect mix of pro­fes­sional au­thor­ity and per­sonal hu­mil­ity in His ex­am­ple and teach­ings. He as­ton­ished peo­ple, be­cause “He taught them as one who had au­thor­ity.” Yet He spent a lot of

1 time in prayer, show­ing His de­pen­dence on His Fa­ther. At the height of His suc­cess, when His dis­ci­ples were jock­ey­ing for power and po­si­tion, He stopped them by say­ing:

For­eign kings or­der their peo­ple around, and pow­er­ful rulers call them­selves ev­ery­one's friends. But don't be like them. The most im­por­tant one of you should be like the least im­por­tant, and your leader should be like a ser­vant. 2

When He was spend­ing His last evening on earth with His clos­est friends, He washed their feet to sig­nify the way in which He wanted His dis­ci­ples to treat those they came in con­tact with. Wash­ing His dis­ci­ples'

3 feet was an act of ex­treme hu­mil­ity. Yet it is also con­sid­ered a key il­lus­tra­tion of Je­sus' mis­sion on earth.

At the same time, Je­sus was no pushover. He had a vi­sion, a strat­egy, and a plan. He knew where He was go­ing and could in­spire oth­ers to fol­low Him. He gave His fol­low­ers a very clear man­date:

Go and make dis­ci­ples of all na­tions, bap­tiz­ing them in the name of the Fa­ther and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach­ing them to obey ev­ery­thing I have com­manded you. 4

He in­spired His fol­low­ers by His ex­am­ple and He chal­lenged them with His vi­sion. He also trusted them and del­e­gated the work to them.

Je­sus spoke with au­thor­ity and also great hu­mil­ity. I be­lieve His words and His ex­am­ple spell out some of the most pro­found lead­er­ship prin­ci­ples avail­able.

DINA EL­LENS TAUGHT SCHOOL IN SOUTH­EAST ASIA FOR OVER 25 YEARS. AL­THOUGH RE­TIRED, SHE RE­MAINS AC­TIVE IN VOL­UN­TEER WORK AS WELL AS PUR­SU­ING HER IN­TER­EST IN WRIT­ING. ■

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