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Saturday, 31 March 2018

Success Tonics Today: Leadership: In whose interest? (Part 2)


I welcome you to the last day of the first quarter of this great year! It's a period we are remembering and celebrating the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ-The Greatest Leader of all Ages!
In this second part of our series on leadership and interests, we shall briefly examine the leadership style of Jesus and see whose interest he served in the course of his earthly leadership. As a leader, Jesus lived for others and protected the interest of his followers and the entire human race. This is obvious from the fact of his death, burial and resurrection. He never committed any offense as a man but he took it upon himself to pay the price of all our sins. Interestingly, from the choice of his disciples, to their training and their commissioning to go and preach the gospel, He never took any action to serve his own interest. It was all about the Father and the wellbeing of the people he was leading and ministering to. When the people were hungry, he didn’t just give them spiritual menu and shouted “it is well with you”, leaving them to go and fend for themselves. No! He ministered to them spiritually and practically gave them food to eat! Even when his disciples went to look for food, he was also concerned about the spiritual state of the Samaritan woman and had to minister to her first. Thus, when the disciples enquired if he had eaten, he simply affirmed, “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me and to finish His work” (John. 4:34). This may sound awkward to some present day leaders who would have preferred to go and look for how to put “soul and body” together before caring about the soul of a notorious prostitute. Jesus was not that kind of leader. At a point in his ministry, He had to wash the feet of his disciples even when it was uncommon for a leader to stoop so low to do such menial service. He wasn’t interested in public opinion but was more concerned about the welfare of his followers. The reason for his actions was to exemplify the things he had taught them and also to inculcate in them the model of leadership that God certifies-- Selfless and Pro-people Leadership! That is the Man we are commemorating his death and resurrection this season. I am grateful to identify with Him. What about you? 

Finally, hear what late Adekunle Ajasin said about his leadership, “I came into office in October 1979 with a set of my own native dresses, and left office in December 1983 with same set of dresses, no addition and no subtraction. I had two personal cars at the time I assumed office but left without any: one had ended its serviceable lifespan with its use for the shadow elections of 1982, while the other was borrowed by a political associate with whom it ended up its lifespan.”
This is incredible. Who among our present day leaders can beat this record? May God help us all!
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