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Frank Shannon on Leadership

January 12, 2017

 

 

 

I recently had the opportunity to hear a presentation on the leadership example set before us by the life of Jesus Christ.  They were the remarks of Bishop Michael Sis of the Diocese of San Angelo. I thought I would present a few of his points to you. We can all learn from Jesus’ excellent example.

First of all, Jesus was a servant leader. He said in the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 10: 

 

“Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.”

 

We must remember to practice the kind of leadership that shows our love for our families, our co-workers and our fellow man. Let us practice humility and do things in the best interests of those around us and not because our actions might draw attention to ourselves.

 

Secondly, Jesus was aware of his own gifts and used them for the benefit of others. As a good leader, we should acknowledge what gifts God has given us, develop them, and put them to good use.  In Chapter 4 of I Peter, it is written,

 

“As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”

 

Thirdly, Bishop Sis said Jesus used his power responsibly.  He did not, in any way, exercise his power selfishly, or in a way that exploited others. He used his power to heal, teach and save. He did things to build people up, never to tear anyone down. We should follow this example to solve problems for the good of those around us and the organizations we serve.

 

I look forward to covering more of Bishop Sis’ points on Jesus’ example of leadership in future newsletters. As Christmas draws near, may we all reflect on how God has blessed us with the example of his only Son. Let us pray that we might provide His kind of leadership in the lives we live.

 

God bless you all!

 

Frank Shannon

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