Dahil sa nangyaring presidential elections, napukaw ang kagustuhang mamuno ng iba sa atin. Because of their love and passion for our country, they want to do better, and they want to serve the Philippines. 

They want to lead.

Pero ano nga ba ang isang leader? 

Ayon sa Vocabulary.com, “A leader is the one in charge, the person who convinces other people to follow.”

Most of the definitions you will find if you search the word leader ay: he/she is the head, the first, ruler, manager, and the decision-maker. In summary, he/she has the highest authority within a specific group. 

But what does the Bible say about being a leader?

Matthew 20:26, (CEV) says, “But don’t act like them. If you want to be great, you must be the servant of all the others.” 

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Napansin mo ang pagkakaiba? The world says that a leader has the highest authority, while the Word says that a leader must be a servant of all. One of the qualities of a leader is humility to serve. And this is coming from the greatest leader of all time, Jesus. He even modeled how to be a servant-leader, Himself!  

With that, we listed three practical ways on how you can lead like Jesus, from the discussion that Jericho Arceo, Ptr. Paul Herrera, and our very own Peter Kairuz, talked about.

Lead like Jesus Step #1: Know yourself

First, you need to know who you are. 

Do you know yourself well? Find out by answering the following questions.

Ano ang strengths mo? 

Ano ang weaknesses mo? 

Ano ang mga ipinaglalaban mo? 

Ang ang dahilan kung bakit mo gustong mag-lead? 

Ano ang puwede mong i-offer para sa mga tao? 

Ano ang mga hindi mo pa alam pero kailangan mong aralin? 

Ano ang vision mo para sa mga taong gusto mong i-serve? 

Because again, wanting to be a leader shouldn’t come from a selfish ambition to have the highest authority, but it should come from the desire to serve. 

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Dagdag ni Paul, “I always believe that knowing yourself is winning half the battle. Sometimes the reason why it’s hard to lead other people, even ourselves, is because we don’t know who we are. We don’t know our purpose, our identity, we don’t know where we’re going in life. But if you know these, then it will be easier for you to lead.” 

Lead like Jesus Step #2: Know the people you want to lead 

The key here is, you need to understand them on a personal level. And maybe, just maybe, these questions will help you para ma-accomplish ang step number two. 

Ano ang generation na kinabibilangan nila?  

What are the issues and problems they’re facing? 

How open are they to change? 

What changes do they want to happen? 

Where do they excel? 

Saan naman sila hindi magaling? 

What do they value most? 

Ano ang mga ayaw nila? 

Sabi ni Peter, “Kailangang intindihin mo sila. Importante ‘yun.”

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Knowing who you’re leading will give you ideas how to deal with them, and how you can win them. Mahirap mag-lead ng mga taong ayaw sa ‘yo, Breaker. That’s why understanding them and getting to know them on a personal level can make or break your leadership status. A good leader knows what are the unmet needs of his/her people, and he/she helps and equips them to meet those needs.  

Learn to listen to them, so that they will feel that you truly care.  

Lead like Jesus Step #3: Know the people who can help you 

Jericho shared, “For me, importante kung sino ang nasa circle mo. Personally, I need to surround myself with people who are wiser and smarter, so that it will rub on me.” 

“If you want to be wise, surround yourself with the wise,” Peter also shared. 

To be better, you need to surround yourself with people who are more accomplished or experienced. The wisdom they gained through years of trial and error can be passed on to you, so that you will no longer go through what they went through.

Sabi nila “experience is the best teacher.” But sometimes, it’s better to learn from other people’s mistakes than experiencing it firsthand.

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Peter put it this way. “Listen to older people’s advice. Not because they are always right, but because they are more experienced in making more mistakes. So, let’s learn from their mistakes para ‘di na tayo dumaan doon.” 

So, Breaker, ready ka na ba maging servant-leader?

We want you to know that we admire your desire to lead, rare lang ang mga taong sincere ang kagustuhang mag-serve sa iba. 

We also want you to know na may huge possibility you will meet for you to encounter a lot of challenges along the way. Si Jesus nga tinraydor at na-deny ng ibang disciples Niya, eh. Though we’re not saying that what happened to Him will happen to you. But for sure, the journey will not be smooth.

Pero may makakapitan ka naman. The Holy Spirit will be with you and He will help you. And remember, more than the desire to serve, lead because the LORD wants you to. Because in the end, we are not after people’s approval. 

We want to hear the LORD say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” (Matthew 25:23, NLT) 

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