"Leading Great"Stuart JonesNot everyone will look to the church to find leadership lessons. It is in the church where we have often heard the term "servant leader". To call someone a servant leader seems to be an oxymoron; a term that contradicts itself. How can one be both a leader and a servant at the same time? Sometimes we see leaders as self-serving, defensive of their position or office, and working to stay in control with their eye on being in charge. Servant leaders usually see their position as being "on loan" not something that is a possession to hoard, rather a gift to share. How well we share as leaders matters greatly. A servant leader prepares others to carry on; they teach, train, and coach...and they lead and live by example. The legacy of good leadership is what is left behind in the hearts and minds of those who follow. One of the most significant examples that Jesus provided was that of being a leader. Leaders allow God to live within them, to reflect His way, and to bring glory to His kingdom. In their book, Lead Like Jesus, Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges said, "Throughout his life and leadership, Jesus affirmed that God is not looking for leaders but for servants who will let Him be the Leader and who will focus first on the kingdom of God." Great leadership, servant leadership, is a tough task. It is not a destination; it is a challenging journey - "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45).