Jesus, the Servant Leader

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Jesus, the Servant Leader Brenda Griswold Liberty University Nursing 490 Jesus, the Servant Leader Servant leadership in the health care system as defined in the article, The Servant Leader, has two distinct criteria: “to serve the needs of the followers to empower them to achieve their potential and to aspire and mature those in which they lead” (Howatson-Jones, 2004, p. 3). Jesus Christ was the ultimate example of servant leadership. His rise in leadership began with the humbling of himself in the form of a man, walking the paths of those he led, encouraging his followers to mature into leaders, and ultimately paying the price of death, so that the greatest needs of those he served would be achieved, eternal life. This type of leadership was foreign to most. Leaders had risen to power by force, manipulation, consensus, charm, or ability. None had risen from servanthood. This rise to leadership was as alien then as it often is today. “ Jesus Christ, who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness” (Philippians 2:6-7, New International Version). Though Jesus had the authority to be God, he became one of us. Born in a stable, a mere carpenter’s son, he placed himself in a position in which he walked the footsteps of those he wished to lead. He was not any type of charismatic leader, leader by birth, or some knowledgeable leader who arose because of situational crisis. In fact, his rise to leadership shocked many. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things” (Matthew 13:54)? He was an unexpected
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