Friday, September 21, 2007

We have the best example about leadership which defied all accounts of how to lead. This person looked into the heart of someone instead of their accomplishment and saw leadership despite what society said about the topic. His name is Jesus Christ.

Jesus picked (He chose, they did not come to him) 12 disciples that changed history. Their impact cannot be measured by any other accomplishment known to man kind. How did Jesus do it? Well, Jesus knew this subject well. Actually, I have read many books on the subject from, Patrick Lencioni and Jim Collins to Bill Hybels and John Maxwell and they all have one thing in common that Jesus wrote many years ago:

"...Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave -- just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Matthew 20:26b - 28

I have a friend that rose to be the CEO of fisher price and probably one of the finest CEO's I know. Byron Davis did not start as a manager or some high position but he actually was a salesman that went door to door selling toys to make a living. He knew how it felt to serve and do the work of selling a product not only to end users but to toy stores If you are in sales, you know you have to believe in your product in order to effectively sell it. But as he went from promotion to promotion, his idea was to serve, those who he worked with and for, all the way to the top. He retired from being CEO of Fisher Price not along ago. But his legacy, his accomplishments, his methods can still be retained and hopefully used in the company. Byron now serves at Seacoast Church in Mt. Pleasant, SC. And his insight has helped Seacoast becomes one of the most successful multi site churches in America.

It is all about serving.... if you serve, you put others agenda before yourself and that is what effective leaders do.


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