Summary: Servant Leaders are high on self awareness. They use this self awareness to grow closer to God
Servant Leadership Part 9: Awareness
I am happy to be back here talking about my favourite subject. Servant Leadership.
In the past sermons on the topic, we have established that all of us have a claim to “leadership” since we all have been called to “influence” others as Christians. If we do not remember that let us remind ourselves of some of the most common definitions of leadership.
• Process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task.
– Martin Chemers,a thought leader and author of ‘An Integrative Theory Of Leadership‘.
• “Leadership is influence - nothing more, nothing less."
– John C Maxwell : Leadership Guru and author of books like, 21 irrefutable Laws of Leadership, 360 degree leadership, Leadership Gold etc. Also compiled the Leadership Bible
• “Leadership happens any time you are trying to influence the thoughts and actions of another individual to accomplish specific tasks or goals.”
– Ken Blanchard, Leadership Guru and Author, The One minute Manager, Lead Like Jesus etc
And let us remind ourselves of the call that we have as Christians
"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:13-14
This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:8
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. John 15:16
So we have established that we have to influence others, so that they might have the same hope that we have as Christians.
Through Jesus’ own words we know that this call to influence, this call for leadership is not through the power and authority model of leadership but through the Servant Leadership Model demonstrated by him. For, He clearly tells us so, in Matthew 20:25-28.
Over some of my past sermons we have also seen the key characteristics of Servant Leadership. There are 10 Characteristics and 7 behavioral patterns of Servant Leadership. We have seen some of them in the past. I plan to help us examine the characteristic called “Self Awareness” today.
In the secular world, Self awareness is always touted as a first step to leadership. Emotional Intelligence, which has become a rage now days, puts this as one of the basic things to have, for growing in Leadership. When it comes to Church and Christian circles, some times, the idea of self awareness is frowned upon. There are some Christian views which consider self awareness as “sin”. After all, it was after the “fall’, that Adam and Eve became “aware” of their nakedness. (Gen 3:7). The proponents of this view also misrepresent the verse John 3:20 where John the Baptist says “He must become greater; I must become less”, and explain this to mean that we must be focused on God alone and not on ourselves. They also claim that the term self awareness is not mentioned in the bible. Well we need to tell them that the term “trinity” is also not there in the bible, but that does not mean it is not a fact.