Leadership as ‘gift’

The most powerful person to have ever walked on earth did not choose to use power to achieve his goals. Instead, even in his greatest victory, the ultimate game changer, Jesus chose weakness… his vulnerable self-offering on the cross for us.

For me, this act of vulnerability completely reframes how power should be exercised in the context of organising, especially with regard to leadership.

This has been referred to as the ‘servant’ model, ie, one who uses their power, talents, authority and resources for the benefit of others. I prefer to think of it as the ‘gift’ model.


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