I think we have all seen the image above at some point. Reason being, everyone can relate to it. We all love leaders and hate bosses. We love people who lead us forward by service and despise bosses who sit on their throne and command others.
But the question we must ask is how can I be a leader, not a boss? Three ways:
1. Don't Lead Someone Into Something You Wouldn't Do Yourself
When someone is trying to lead you to do something they wouldn't do themselves, you know it. The result of you knowing this is a lack of motivation and passion to carry out what your assignment. Let's not be those people. Always be willing to do whatever you're leading your people into. Personally, I will never ask someone to do something that I would not be willing to do myself if that person were not able to carry out the task in the last minute. A boss will make commands that they themselves would never follow when a leader will make commands that they themselves would follow.
2. Constantly Remind Yourself Of Your Own Brokenness
Constantly remind yourself of how messed up you are. Seriously. Sit back and think about all the ways you fall short. Why? So that you remember you are not much different than those under your leadership. A boss will think of themselves as in a separate category above everyone else. A leader will recognize that they are broken just like everyone else. This changes how they relate to their people and lead their people forward.
3. Model The Greatest Leader To Ever Live
Learn from Jesus. He was meek and bold. Tender and firm. Grace and truth. He came not to be served, but to serve those around Himself by giving His life for those that would trust Him by faith (Philippians 2). The best leaders are those that are most like Jesus. Keep your eyes on Christ and be like Him.
I am a Husband to Clarissa, Pastor at Liberty Baptist Church, reader of many books, and tweeter at @brad_merchant.