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Can You Lead Like Jesus - Questions to ask yourself.

1. Am I a leader?

2. Am I willing to follow Jesus as my leadership role model?

3. How do I lead like Jesus? (p. 4)

Pause and Reflect
Take a moment to think about the people who have most your thinking, behavior, and life path. As you recall their names and faces, you will realize that leadership, titles, and positions of organizational authority are only part of the leadership landscape. Now think of all the relationships in which you have the opportunity to influence the thinking and behavior of others, and consider how often in any given situation you face the choice: “Am I seeking to serve or “Am I seeking to serve or to be served?” The answer to that question will depend on whom we choose to follow. (p. 11)

That leads to our second key question. Am I Willing to Follow Jesus As My Leadership Role Model? (p. 11)

“Does Jesus have any relevant practical knowledge or experience in dealing with the following types of leadership issues I face day to day?” (p. 16-17)

___Working with or living and caring for imperfect people
___Taking time to train, develop, and delegate
___Under constant scrutiny and testing of commitment and integrity
___Required to handle rejection, criticism, and opposition
___Facing fierce competition and conflicting demands from friends and foes
___Tempted by instant gratification, recognition, and misuse of power
___Facing serious personnel issues, including turnover and betrayal
___ Required to communicate in a multicultural environment
___The need to challenge the status quo and hierarchy to bring about change
___The need to communicate a radically new vision of the future
___The need to call attention to poor leadership at great personal risk
___The need to put career or relationships on the line to serve a higher purpose

Pause and Reflect
If you are skeptical about adopting Jesus as your leadership role model, write down your reasons. What is it about Jesus that is causing you doubt? What is it about you that is causing you to hold back? (p. 19)

Pause and Reflect
List three ways you nurture trust in your leadership.
List two things you do that put trust in your leadership at risk.
Think of a time when you lost trust in a leader. How did you feel? How long did it last? You forgive him or her? (p. 26)

Pause and Reflect
How do you think the people in your family would describe your leadership in the following:
a time of crisis
a time of failure
a time of victory
a time of plenty
a time of want

Do you like what you would hear? If not, why? (p. 28)

˝ Hour of solitude. What did you experience during your time of solitude and/or meditation on scripture?

When was the last time you spent a significant amount of time in solitude (before your assignment) on purpose without a to-do, think, or pray list and sat quietly in God’s presence and listened to his “still, small voice?” If you can’t remember, you now have a clue why your life and leadership seem so hindered and unsatisfying. If you can remember and it was more than a week ago, you need to update your plans for the immediate future. (p. 159)

One of the most revealing questions you could ask a leadership candidate is “How is your prayer life?” The answer will speak volumes about where and how the leader might lead. Here’s a question for you: “How is your prayer life?” (p. 165)

After each of the following explanations, evaluate where you are with your own practical application, what you plan to do to make it a habit, and when you will set as a target deadline for each one to be a Scripture habit. (p. 166)

One way to apply what you hear is to ask yourself the following questions and jot down the answers. You might want to record them in your personal journal or make a form to help you remember.
What did God say to me through his message?
How does my life measure up to this Word?
What actions will I take to line up my life with this Word?
What truth do I need to study further?
What truth can I share with another person? (p. 168)

Think of a time when, beyond a shadow of doubt, you experienced God’s love for you, personally, specifically, and in a way that only he and you knew its true significance in your life. How did you feel at the time? How do you feel at this moment? What do you need to say to God? (p. 179)

Name the special people in your life who will love you enough to tell you what you need to hear. How are you improving that special relationship? What can you do to make sure it stays alive and well? Who needs you to hold them accountable? Do you love them enough to tell them what they need to know? (p. 186)