7 Leadership Principles that Jesus Modeled

Awhile ago, I heard a message from Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Californiaon “leading like Jesus.” Jesus was the wisest leader who ever lived. Here are 7 leadership principles that Jesus modeled. I think you’ll find them helpful. . . 1.  Identification: Know Who You Are

Jesus had no doubt about his identity. He didn’t depend on other people’s opinions to inform his identity. Good leadership starts with a healthy self-awareness.

2.  Clarification: Know What You Want to Accomplish

Every leader must know why they are doing what they are doing. Jesus said, “I know where I came from and where I am going” (John8:14).

3. Motivation: Know Who You Are Trying to Please

Leadership is the art of managing disappointment. Good leaders focus on pleasing God—performing for an audience of one.

4.  Collaboration: Work with Others

Jesus didn’t work alone and neither should we. Leadership, I’ve found, is much harder when done alone.

5.  Concentration: Focus of What’s Important

Jesus was a master of concentration. Luke records, “As the time drew near for his return to heaven, he moved steadily onward towardJerusalemwith an iron will” (Luke9:51). Good leaders prioritize what’s important and know what’s unimportant.

6.  Meditation: Listen to God Continually

Jesus was a busy guy. Yet, he was never too busy to pray. Leaders can’t lead like Jesus if they don’t know Jesus. Leaders need to pray.

7.  Relaxation: Take Time to Recharge

Leaders who last take time to recharge their batteries. Mark records Jesus inviting his disciples to rest, “Come ye apart to rest.” If leaders don’t “come apart”, they will come apart. Take time to relax.  And if you think about it, pray for the 100 Northgate women retreating this weekend, that they'll be able to recharge and relax.

Solomon says, “Without wise leadership, a nation is in trouble” (Proverbs 11:14a). Jesus modeled through his life the foundations of wise leadership. Start putting some of these 7 principles into practice today.