"Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him" - John 13:3-5.
Jesus' relationship with His followers was not simply so He could teach them or to build a ministry network of workers. He was their "Lord," friend, and mentor. To break down any barriers between them, Jesus stripped Himself of all pretense (along with most of His clothing), took a bowl and towel, and washed their feet. This practical act of service was to rinse away the dust that gathered from walking through life together. No one in that group wanted to perform this act except Jesus, even though He was their leader and could have expected or demanded they do the same for Him. Leaders must work to build close relationships with their followers, and that means treating them like real people with real needs and not just workers to get the job accomplished. Leaders must also often do the"dirty" tasks that no one else chooses or desires to do as they seek to serve the needs of others.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to check out the 'feet' of those among whom you are called to lead, work, or live. When you see their feet, use your leadership power to wash and refresh them where they are with what they need. For one person, maybe it's an extra day or two off; for another, some time off to do school work, or some praise or recognition; for yet another, some time with you, going to a conference or trade show, or help in finding a new and better job.