Business Thoughts05 Mar 2006 08:15 pm

1When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[a] 2For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. 4My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power. 1 corinthians 2:1-5

Servant Leadership is not about weakness or fear.

Servant Leadership is not the exercise of abdicating authority to employees. A leader who has been put in a position of leadership has been placed there by God.

In the scripture above, Paul describes how he comes to serve in weakness and fear, but in demonstration of the Spirit’s power. Paul in his person brings his hangups and fears, but to his audience he appears composed, confident, wise, and energetic.

When I was a kid, I loved the Wizard of Oz. In the end, the wizard is shown to be a timid man, who with microphones, smoke and curtains becomes the great and powerful Oz. Paul is the man behind the curtain, saying “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” Man behind the Curtain

Servant Leadership is a powerful transformational process. From our weakness, to his strength, to serve our employers, our employees, our customers, and our vendors.

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  2. on 22 Sep 2006 at 8:27 am Angelina A. F

    I like the translation of that. Many times I have been in a position of leadership and in front of an audience, and all the while as I’m trembling as an earthquake inside and thunderstorms keeping my stomach company, the world only sees confidence.

    It has often amazed me that while inside my world was falling apart, God has strengthened me so much so that no one is able to tell the nervousness within.

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