“But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.” — Matthew 10:14
Christian Bible Lesson Overview
The most effective leader of an organization or group is not always the person that is formally in charge. Often a person who has no authority or official status has a major positive impact on the organization. A common trait among these effective unofficial leaders is that they know how to serve others in the organization. They do not require praise or status to work hard for the organization. They receive credit and support without seeking either. Their objective is both to help the organization achieve its goals and to support the other members of the group.
There are rare occasions when the official leader of a group or organization is also a servant. These people care more about the success of the group and supporting the members of the group than receiving credit for everything that is accomplished. Too often the official leader is too concerned about how they are perceived and not concerned about achieving objectives that support all the other people affected by the organization.
Christian Bible Lesson for Today
I was a pilot in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. I experienced many forms of leadership, but the most effective leaders were those who supported the Marines under them as well as the people they were protecting. There were many Marines who took initiative and worked hard to make things easier for those around them. Those Marines were interested in helping the unit be successful, not achieving a metal or special credit.
There was one Commanding Officer, a Lt. Colonel, who personally made sure everyone in the squadron understood the mission and had both the rest and the food required to give their total effort. He gave attention to every member of the squadron and made sure they knew he was there for them. Of course, he spent plenty of time planning, communicating, and supervising logistics. Every member of that squadron knew the Commanding Officer was supporting them. They gave everything they had to be there for him.
Christian Bible Lesson Summary
My experience has supported the Bible Verse above. The greatest leaders really are servants for the people they lead. The leaders who earn the respect of their organization drive success. When the members of an organization feel supported, the group functions at high levels. The greatest leader has the discipline to be a servant for the members of the organization and for the people the organization serves.