" . . . Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves" - Luke 22:26b-27.
Jesus' last lessons to His disciples before His crucifixion were about leadership and its connection to service. Jesus confronted the thinking that service is below leadership and the two should and could not be connected, but Jesus saw service as the antidote to leadership abuse and power. What's more, Jesus indicated that His greatness did not emanate from His postion or power, but from His mission, which was one of service. Leaders must address and adjust their attitude toward service and, if they are to be great like Jesus indicated, position themselves to serve others as the youngest in a family was often expected to serve all his or her elders.
LEADERSHIP STEP: One way to serve others is to take an interest in their future and use your position, power, and experience to help them see it come to pass. This requires you being a good listener and taking the time to hear the dreams and aspirations of those closest to you. Some time soon, schedule time with one or two of your closest followers and talk to them about how you can help them get to where they believe God wants them to be professionally.