As Christians, we have a perfect example of a Servant Leader in Jesus Christ. There’s a story in the bible when two of his disciples requested place of honor at Jesus “left and right”. They believed that leadership meant position of great honor and power, He in turn, cleared out that greatness is not about superiority or lording it over, rather it is serving others.
Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:43-45
Servant leadership is more than just an attitude, it is a unique form of discipleship. A state of total surrender and of denying oneself, “member’s welfare first before mine”. It is a choice we make when we are firm with the decision to follow the life of Christ, to live a life the way he lived and love the way he loved. So regardless of the position, we have this mindset to live a life of service whether in leadership role or not.
As they say, leaders are made not born because leadership skills can be taught. On the other hand, servant-leadership is a choice, it cannot be forced to someone. It must be embraced out of personal decision and commitment.