Matthew 20:25-28: But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 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 your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
A random collection of thoughts on leading from moral authority rather than hierarchy.
- Leadership is about relationships with people. To be a good leader you need to know the people you are leading, how they work, what interests and inspires them. This is true regardless of the task your team is trying to accomplish. Good leaders take a bit of time to get to know their team members as people. But it can’t be fake. Your interest must be genuine and more than a one-time event.
- Good leaders work in the best interest of their team, not their own of selfish interests. If you demonstrate to your team that you are working for them and not yourself, they will gladly do their part to make the team successful.
- Make sure you know the priorities of what you’re trying to accomplish so that you are working on the right things.
- You can do a lot more good when you don’t care who gets the credit. Be content playing second fiddle. Corollary: Never take credit for some one elses work. This destroys your trustworthiness.
- You can tell your team no longer trusts you when they stop talking to you.
- Never hoard information. It’s your job to ensure the team has what it needs to be successful.
- If you have been given the resources, the decision is your team’s to make. If you need more resources than you have, bring in those who oversee your team and/or have the resources.
- Risk is a resource, just like money or people. Too little risk starves the organization. Too much risk burns out the organization.
- Three things that will make working on your team miserable:
Being anonymous — people will be miserable in their job if they think no one appreciates them.
Being irrelevant — people will not continue a task they believe matters to no one.
Seeing no progress — people will not continue a job if they never see any fruit.
- Servant leaders are responsible to do what is best, which may not always be what they personally want.