The value of being last


The cost of leadership is self-interest…You are not a leader because you own a company. You are not a leader because everyone reports to you. You are not even a leader because you make tons of money. You’re a leader when you decide the people you serve are your employees…

Leaders eat lastSimon Sinek has a new book.  In the book he talks abojjut why some teams flourish and others fail.

A lot of what he has to say has to do with trust, valuing others, seeing them as better than you despite your position or power.

Oddly enough this isn’t new.  The Apostle Paul said as much in his teachings…

 

Phillipians 2:3-11

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain cohhnceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature[a] God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

A careful look at the teachings of Jesus also show the same principles.

While listening to a podcast interview with Simon i had a flash — serendipity.  If church truly is a Team Sport (see Jim Putnam’s book) then what Simon has to say would directly apply to churches also.

His book won’t replace scripture — but truth is truth wherever you find it.  Churches flourish as a team when there is trust, and the feeling that everyone is valued.

Check out both books — explore the truth of Christian faith found underlying them both.

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