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A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Dear Colleagues,

GEMS ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP FROM JOHN MAXWELL

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Leadership is servant hood:

"Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must become your slave." (Matt. 20:26b, 27) (See Mk. 9:35; 10:43,45)

If I can’t live it, I won’t teach it:

"Ezra had determined to study and obey the law of the Lord and to teach those laws and regulations to the people of Israel." (Ezra 7:10b) (See Ezra 8:1-9; 1 Tim. 3:2)

Leadership means you go first:

"Let’s go across to see those pagans, Jonathan said to his armor bearer. Perhaps the Lord will help us Do what you think is best, the youth replied. I’m with you completely, whatever you decide." (1 Sam. 14:6a,7) (See 1 Sam. 18:7; 23:1-6; 30)

I need to change myself before I change others:

"First get rid of the log from your own eye; then perhaps you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye." (Matt. 7:5b) (See Jer. 15:19; 2 Tim. 2:21; 1 Pet. 1:22)

Great leaders ask for great commitment:

"Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple." (Lk. 14:33b) (See Matt. 10:38,39; Lk 18:22,29,30; 19:23,24; Jn. 12:25,26)

Leaders must always replenish themselves:

"Jesus made the disciplesgo on ahead of him to the other side. He [then] went up on a mountainside by himself to prayHe was there alone." (Matt. 14:22a,23a,c) (See Mk. 6:31; Lk. 5:15,16; 6:12)

Leaders lift others to a level they could not reach by themselves. Leaders are lid lifters:

"Jesus looked intently at Peter for a moment and then said, You are Simon, John’s son–but you shall be called Peter, the rock!" (Jn. 1:42b) (See Isa. 60:22; Jn. 14:12)

There is no success without sacrifice:

"I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds." (John 12:24) (See Act. 20:24, 31; Gal. 4:19; 1 Thess 2:8,9; 2 Tim. 1:3)

Leaders choose and develop the people around them:

Paul to Timothy: "The things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others." (2 Tim. 2:2b) (See Eph. 4:11-16; Col. 1:28,29; 1 Thess. 2:7,8,11,12)

Leaders know that there is no success without successors:

"I put in charge of Jerusalem my brother Hanani, along with Hananiah the commander of the citadel, because he was a man of integrity and feared God more than most men do." (Neh. 7:2) (See Exo. 18:21b; Col. 1:7,8; 2 Tim. 2:2)

It’s amazing what you can accomplish if the leader doesn’t take the credit:

"Jesus called the Twelve and said, If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all." (Mk. 9:35,36) (See 1Cor. 15:10; Eph. 3:7,8; 1 Tim. 1:15,16)

You give people the size of your vision. Small vision, small people. Big vision, big people:

God to Abraham: "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless youand all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." (Gen.12:2a, 3b)

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