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The Leadership Wisdom of Jesus, 3rd Edition by Charles C. Manz

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LEAD BY SERVING

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You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must become the slave of all. (Mark 10: 42–44)

This is clearly one of the more striking passages from Jesus’ teachings related to leadership. In fact, it turns leadership upside down. The lesson seems to be that to become a great leader you should act as a servant, not as a commander or even as a charismatic source of inspiration. The idea is indeed puzzling ...

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