I'm getting ready to depart for Rome later today and will be in Europe for a little more than two weeks. During that time, I thought I would pass along some Bible study I've been doing in the book of Isaiah on the topic of servant leadership.
"Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations” (Isaiah 42:1).
1. Servant-leaders don’t serve themselves. They always serve someone or something outside themselves. In the case above, God calls the servant leader “my” leader. In addition to serving God, servant-leaders serve the vision or mission of the organization they lead.
2. Servant-leaders also serve the people with whom they work. Their delight comes from seeing people fulfilled and work accomplished in an atmosphere of peace. Servant-leaders are truly servants, therfore, serving the God over them, the vision to which they are called and the people who follow them and the vision.
3. Servant-leaders are concerned with justice according to this verse. What is justice? I think it’s fair and equitable treatment for all people according to common-sense standards. As a servant leader would like to be treated, so they treat others.
4. This requires that the servant-leader understand what motivates people, which of course is different from person to person. What is just for one may not be fair and just for another. At the same time, there need to be policies that allow everyone the chance to have input into what work will be done, how it will be done, and how they will be compensated.
QUESTION: A servant is concerned with justice.
How do you define justice in the position you are in at present?
What injustice exists that you see and would like to correct?
Feel free to add your answer to these questions or any other comments concerning servant leadership on the site where this entry is posted. I'll try to keep you posted on my travels, but my access to the Internet may be limited.