What is a good theology of leadership?



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Samuel Adams, a Mennonite Minister and PhD candidate in theology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, answers a question about leadership

a good theology of leadership would I think begin with I would begin with the person of Jesus Christ and I would I would just off the top of my head I would go to Philippians 2 your attitude should be the same as that of Jesus Christ who being in very nature God did not consider equality with God something to be exploited but made himself nothing taking the very nature of a servant he found in human likeness he humbled himself and became obedient even to the point of death death on a cross that's where we get the language of servant leadership and oftentimes servant leadership becomes can become a way of getting away yes I'm a servant leader and just knowing the way of building ourselves up to become powerful leaders who but we're actually serving by leading and so all of the power plays that leaders exercised are in the name of servanthood because we're serving the people that that's a very Sidious kind of game that leadership can play so I prefer to think about the sort of leadership of Jesus who risks it all even his own popularity his own significance and ultimately his very life into obscurity for the sake of his his followers and his people so it's a willingness to put it all in the line and and not have to secure your own your own position and maybe that's what the key thing there is in Philippians is that Jesus is not securing his own position in his own standing he has position and standing but he doesn't take that as something to be exploited and so he gives up his position and his standing willingly it risks at all and so he does he ends up being crucified outside of the city walls shame as a criminal and that's the sort of leadership that he he demonstrates he doesn't secure it for himself in the end God secures that for him God the Father raises him from the dead so that God gives him the name that is about every name he doesn't claim it for himself I would begin with a theology of leadership right there

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