Book Review - Lead Like Jesus

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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).
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In contrast, Exalting God Only cancels the impact of Edging God Out and will result in replacing false pride and fear with “humility and God-grounded confidence” The authors remind us that the ultimate leader serves the community first & not himself/herself.

In the book I found a great section about the difference between being called and driven.
Driven people think they own everything. The own their relationship, they own their possessions, and they own their position. In fact, they perceive their identity as the sum of their relationship, possesions, and position.
Called people, on the other hand, believe everything is on loan. They believe their relationships are on loan; they know that we have no gaurantee we will lose those we love tommorow. Called people also believe their possessions are on loan are to be held lightly, to be enjoyed and shared with an open hand.
This section of the book really made me sit back and reflect how I treat my life and the others around me.

I also loved the five habits in the chapter titled "The Habits of a Servant Leader" (pg. 153)

1) Solitude
2) Prayer
3) Study and application of Scripture
4) Accepting and responding to God's unconditional love
5) Involvement in supportive relationships

The heart issue of leadership requires us to determine whether we are servant leaders or self serving leaders. Blanchard & Hodges share that the three unique patterns of behavior that differentiate between self-serving

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