Christ, the Paradigm of Leadership

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Discussions in what makes effective leaders are ones as long as history itself. It is a topic of constant study and debate where everyone seems to have a view and where definitions of leadership are as varied as their explanations. More recent day definitions and studies have focused on leadership and change, vision building and empowering others. Thus, leaders are people who are able to think and act creatively in non-routine situations – and who set out to influence the actions, beliefs and feelings of others. In this sense being a leader is personal. It flows from an individual’s qualities and actions. However, it is also often linked to some other role such as manager or expert. Here there can be a lot of confusion. Not all managers…show more content…
In this regard the shepherd of the Lord’s flock leads by modeling godliness and righteousness in his own life and encourages others to follow his example. Deuteronomy 8:3 states: “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” We as sheep need nourishment to be strong and vibrant Christians. This nourishment comes from one place and one place only-The Holy Bible. The Bible, not the psychology of the world’s wisdom, is the only nourishment that can sustain a healthy Christian lifestyle. Serving as our Good Shepherd, Christ will lead us to the most lush pastures and abundant streams. Many Christians throughout history have faced persecution, have had to deal with temptation and have been wounded by spirits that mean to deter us from maximizing our spiritual potential. A shepherd, knowing one of his sheep is ailing, shows compassion and love towards his sheep. The Lord has promised us that he will “bind up the injured and strengthen the weak”. (Ezekiel 34:16) As Christians today, we suffer many injuries to our spirits and need compassionate leaders who understand our pain and are willing to listen to our concerns. “Becoming a servant leader requires a great deal of motivation, feedback, and extended practice, as does any worthwhile discipline.” We are in need of leaders who will help bear our burden, and sympathize with our unique circumstances.
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