The culture of an organization if not monitored can be focused on personal success instead of lasting significance. The four main challenges to leading like Jesus are the same as the reasons to lead like Jesus. The first reason and challenge for the servant leader are told to seek first the kingdom of God (Why Lead, 2014). In a non-Christian organization, the focus is usually man-centered. The second challenge is to fulfill the second reason, which it is to honor God and keep his commandments (Why Lead, 2014). The organizational environment may have many instances where the servant leader may be put in positions to violate God’s commandments. The third and fourth challenges are to put Jesus love into action and modeling Jesus to others (Why Lead, 2014). These challenges are less dependent on the organization but will be difficult unless the servant leader is Spirit led and overcome fear and pride (Blanchard & Hodges, 2008).
Pride and dishonesty are the biggest cultural characteristics that can diminish servant leadership. Pride causes the induvial to focus on self. Scripture says, Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18, New King James Version). “The Problem with self-serving leaders is that they never get out of their own way” (Blanchard & Hodges, 2008, p.201). A servant leader is more concerned with significance than success. This focus allows a motivational experience to be created for the co-workers (Blanchard & Hodges, 2008). Leaders who do not practice what they preach are labeled as hypocrites. Leaders today are dishonest in the fact they spend most of their time telling everyone how to serve and act. It is vital for servant leader to live out their message (Blanchard & Hodges, 2008).
Three simple methods can be implemented by an organization to help facilitate a servant leadership mindset. The first is to prevent dishonesty by developing a lead by example core value. This practice may assist the key leaders in serving their employees. The next practice is a byproduct of the first. When leaders help the front-line employees, it sets the tone for how the employee is to treat the customer by following the biblical principle of doing unto other as you would have them do unto you. The decision-making process for servant leaders should involve a time of evaluation from a core group of advisors. Therefore monthly lead team meeting should take place to review past decisions and guide in future ones.
Blanchard, K., & Hodges, P. (2008). Lead like Jesus: Lessons for everyone from the greatest leadership role model of all times. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson
Liberty University. (2014). BUSI-502 Servant Leadership Module/Week 6. Why lead like Jesus. [Audio Presentation]. Available from http://www.liberty.edu.