4 - Servanthood

Be Outward-Focused

In the last session, Dave described how passionate leaders influence others and make things happen. Listen now as he shares why servanthood is another important element to leadership and organizational health.  

Dave said that to be a servant is to be outward-focused. In what ways are you outward-focused? In what ways is your company outward-focused, and how was that cultivated?
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Philippians 2:3-11 (ESV)

3Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.4Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,7but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.8And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

How do you avoid selfish ambition and conceit as a leader? What does healthy and Christlike ambition look like? Who has modeled that well for you? How so?
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In what ways do you serve your team, customers, and organization? What does servanthood cost you? How could you grow to be more servant-hearted and outward-focused?
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Dave said that servanthood is correlated to our sense of entitlement. What are some things you might feel entitled to—success, money, recognition, fame? Why might you feel this way? How do you think Jesus would respond?
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May we follow Jesus's example, doing nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility counting others more significant and looking to their interests first. Head to the last session to hear why imagination is an important element of leadership.