I am currently reading a book “Lead like Jesus” (See the attached picture), and I must admit I have been really challenged by the demands and encouragement to daily walk and lead in the steps of Jesus. As a Professional who have to deal with people at every phase, the conscious call-out to live like Christ is real and tough. I found the following excerpts from the book very challenging, and decide to share. Please read and be blessed.
MAKING TOUGH VALUE CHOICES
Many of us work in organizations that have established-either intentionally or by default-a set of operating values. Conflicts between these organizational values and someone’s personal values are a reality. What do you do when the values of the organization do not align with your own? You may realize this only over time as you notice gaps between the established purpose and values and what is acted out on a day-to-day basis. You are faced with a choice: you can stay and compromise your values, you can stay and seek to be an active influence for change in the organization, or you can leave.
Leading like means not letting the organization change your values or force you to compromise them. If the temptation to compromise your values does arise, it is likely to stem from EGO issues-particularly toxic fears, such as fear of rejection, fear of poverty, fear of ridicule, fear of confrontation, or fear of lost position. Jesus dealt with this dynamic of choice when he spoke of the impossibility of serving two masters at the same time. “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” (Luke 16:13).
Jesus posed the ultimate challenge for his followers when spelled out the long-range price of compromise: “What good for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?” (Luke 9:25). Jesus also told us that we can trust in his promise never to leave us alone or outside the range of his care and concern for us.
Leading like Jesus means you may have to make a choice to be an agent of change or to seek an environment more aligned with your values. The appropriate response for your circumstances will depend on what God has in mind for you.
Life and Leadership are all about choices. Choices are made based on your values. You are in fact a monument to the choices you have made over the course of your life. If you want to change your life, embrace the values of Jesus, the servant leader.
Excerpts from the book “Lead like Jesus”. Page 152-153