So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.
There is certainly no one in the history of the world that has been talked about and written about more than Jesus. Three of the world’s largest religions acknowledge him in some way. (Christianity, Judaism, Islam)
The records of Jesus’s time are filled with leadership. While not an exhaustive list by any means, we’ll cover a few of the highlights on what Jesus can teach us about leadership.
He was a servant
Think about if you were the president of the country and there was not a legislative body. Whatever you said or wanted would happen. What would you do with that amount of power? How would you carry yourself? That alone is hard to imagine. Now multiply that to having the power to rule the world and everything in it.
Jesus had that power but never showed it for personal gain. He never ruled in a political way, never sat on a worldly throne, and often slept outside. He wasn’t caught up in his own power; he was there to serve others. You and I obviously don’t have the same power that Jesus carried, so why should we act as if we do?
Serve others no matter your role or position. If you ever get to the point where you believe others are there to serve you, then you have lost your way as a leader.
He was a storyteller
Jesus is well known for his storytelling ability. He used this communication tool often when teaching his disciples and other followers about theological and life lessons. Jesus showed us the power of storytelling and why it is a tool that you should use when communicating with others.
- The stories made complex theology mentally accessible to everyone. You didn’t have to spend your life in the temple to understand the concepts.
- They were memorable. Think about the speeches and lectures that you hear. The parts that you walk away remembering are likely the stories that were told.
- They all followed the same basic outline: A beginning, a challenge or dilemma, and a resolution. They were also typically short and to the point. Your stories don’t have to be long narratives to be effective.
- His stories caused people to think. The best stories are the ones where people can project themselves or their circumstances and learn a lesson about themselves.
He handled interruptions well
When reading about Jesus, it’s easy to overlook one thing. He was constantly interrupted. He was interrupted in his sleep, prayers, conversations, and in his travels. In each circumstance, he welcomed it with grace and humility.
We generally don’t like interruptions. I really dislike interruptions when I’m in a creative mood because an interruption can cause my creativity to come to a screeching halt. Jesus’s example shows us that we likely have an opportunity for growth in how we handle the daily interruptions that we have in work and life. Treat people with respect even when they interrupt you and keep your composure as things happen throughout your day that is unexpected.
A few interesting facts
- Our system for counting years was developed in the Medieval Times based on their guess when Jesus was born. They got close but they likely weren’t right. Most scholars put Jesus’s birth between 6-4 B.C. while others put it as late as 7 A.D. That means you most likely are living 4-6 years from now if the calendar was fixed!
- Speaking of birth, it’s very unlikely that Christmas is Jesus’s actual birthday. The date is never mentioned in the Bible and from historical context, it was likely sometime between summer and fall.
- Jesus fulfilled many prophecies that were written in the Old Testament, with over 300 accounts about acts in the New Testament. To understand just how rare that is; the odds are 1 in a trillion raised to the 13th power.
Lead with a humble heart. Be a servant to others, tell great stories and embrace the interruptions. Lead like Jesus.
Make a better tomorrow.
If you are interested in getting to know more about Jesus, I would suggest the book The Case for Christ. It’s a book written by Lee Strobel about his journey as an award-winning journalist to disprove the existence of Jesus.