In their book Lead Like Jesus Ken Blanchard & Phil Hodges encourage readers to ask themselves three key questions:
1) Am I a leader? (pg. 4)
2) Am I willing to follow Jesus as my leadership role model? (pg. 11)
3) How do I lead like Jesus? (pg. 19)
The authors try to define who is a leader. They say “Leadership is a process of influence. Anytime you seek to influence the thinking, behaviour, or development of people in their personal or professional lives, you are taking on the role of a leader.” (pg. 5) You might be a parent, a teacher, a nurse, a pastor, a coach, or an adult child helping her aging parents. There are differences between being a “life leader” (such as a parent) and an “organizational leader” (a manager in a company). The author defines leadership as influence in a positive or negative direction.
Blanchard & Hodges say leaders are defined by how they use their influence, they say. If our instincts are self-promotion and self-protection, then we'll use our influence to fulfill these needs. Conversely, if we are driven by service and dedication to a cause or a relationship, then we will model and encourage these values in others.
The authors then go deeper than just leading; they speak of being a leader and growing other leaders. One of the greatest challenges leaders today face is training and developing new leaders. Jesus wanted those around him to succeed. He had vision, values, and purpose, he stated them clearly, and did all he could to see they were carried out. In the book Lead Like Jesus we read how Jesus empowered and gave ownership to those around him, concerned more with their success than his own. It highlights that Jesus is the greatest leadership role model of all time, that He mandated His followers to be servant-leaders, and also that there is no “Plan B” with Jesus.
Blanchard & Hodges focus on four key areas and how they can direct you toward becoming the incredible leader you aim to be. (pg. 34) The four areas are:
• Heart—What is your motivation as a leader, whether as head of a family, church, or a large corporation?
• Head—What are your beliefs and viewpoints about leadership?
• Hands—Do you set clear goals and measure performance, consistently following up with those you lead?
• Habits— How do you refresh and renew yourself as a leader?
Blanchard & Hodges, guide readers through the process of discovering how to lead like Jesus. It really could be described as the process of aligning two internal domains, the heart & the head and two external domains, the hands & the habits. These four dimensions of leadership form the outline for this very practical and transformational book. Blanchard & Hodges believe that the application of the true meaning of leading like Jesus to the heart, head, hands and habits will enable individuals to modify and transform their leadership styles.
I think the one area that leaders struggle with most is with their EGO. It seems that they let their ego get in...