The Golden Rule
Bible Character: Jesus
The greatest leader who ever lived was Jesus. One of the most important qualities Jesus taught us while he was on this earth was love. “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you (Matthew 7:12).”
How do leaders interpret this verse? How does love fit with leading?
Christ was on earth showing God’s love through miracles, feeding the hungry, and teaching. He cared about EVERYONE on earth and took time out for individuals while doing his Father’s work.
Jesus was honest with others and did not sugar coat the truth. True love involves a certain toughness and speaks of consequences. While not the most pleasant part of being a leader, the manager’s responsibility of speaking truth in love needs to be exercised.
Our current society teaches us to think about ourselves first and others later. This is a fallacy, and Jesus taught against this mindset. People tend to follow their leaders’ behavior. If you are in an influential position and authentically care for others, you may inspire others to do the same. By being sincere with your love, you have a great opportunity to break society’s trend.
“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” I John 3:18
Talk is important, but action shows authenticity. Present yourself for the difficult situations, pay attention to results, reward correct behavior, and show a servant’s heart towards those you lead. These actions will garner people’s trust.
Jesus was perfect, but unfortunately none of us are. Nonetheless, we can strive to fulfill the Golden Rule, and treat others the way we would want to be treated.