An Extraordinary Man Amongst Ordinary People
Written by Jason Haines
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” -Matthew 6:19-21
Many times, we forget what Christmas is about and why we celebrate. Christmas can mean many things to many people, but what does it mean to you? It all started when a king was born many years ago. That king being the son of God was born to ordinary people and lived amongst ordinary men. Throughout the years that same king developed and used ordinary men, his disciples, to spread his word. So why did he live amongst the ordinary man while growing their relationship with God?
Many times, throughout recent memory, people on the front lines have been forgotten and set aside because leaders often forget they are the real people doing the work. The forefathers of this country never forgot this, and many of them if not all, were living amongst the downtrodden frontline people who were making the wheels turn in this country. These leaders were not worried about the psychoanalysis of their workers and how they ticked and what shaped their beliefs. They were in touch with the everyday person and understood the needs of their people. These leaders knew what their people were doing, what their needs were, what was troubling them, and what their concerns were. This is what Jesus Christ himself knew as well.
We hear people talk about what the people want, but is it really the voice of the people or are we trying to force the people to be managed rather than led? Past experiences have made me believe most of the time leadership forgets the people who are doing the real work. There are so many great people on the frontline doing amazing things that leadership isn’t privy too. These are the people we need to connect with, learn what they are doing, and how they are doing it. This equates to the saying, “I would rather be ruled by the first 500 names in the phone book than the people with degrees from Harvard”
Sometimes we must realize as leaders that we do not know everything and that the people we entrust with making our product know a thing or two, about a thing or two. We must realize that these people will be the future of our organization, and we need to provide them with the tools that will guide them to be better throughout the years. Many times, growing people within our ranks is more beneficial than hoarding information. Joining forces with people at the site of the work helps us understand what their needs are and helps eliminates their problems. We then can provide them with guidance and advice on how to solve problems in the future, and this is how servant leadership begins.
Jesus Christ provided his disciples with all the information and guidance that they needed in order to succeed. He didn’t hide his gifts or hoard his knowledge and he didn’t shun people because they weren’t of a certain status. He took ordinary people, men, and molded them into what he called fishers of men. As he guided them, he allowed them to learn and grow through mistakes and triumphs. This is what we must do as leaders for our people.
On earth, we are here to help each with the gifts that we are given. We provide things that others may not be able to perform, and we’re not supposed to hoard our gifts that we have. When we hoard the gifts that we have we become prisoners to those things and don’t allow for them to shine. God has provided us all gifts that will allow us to help each other, and he sent his only begotten son to show us how to live with and love each other throughout the world. We were supposed to build community for to provide things that others did not have.
Leading an organization is no different as we are also building a community. As leaders we want to provide our people with the things that will help them succeed and grow with our organization. Lean helps provide the tools to our people and leadership the guidance, with leaders teaching their people to be fishers of men. The goal is to grow them into future leaders and ambassadors of our company. We want all employees to enjoy coming to work in our organization; people who love working for their organization will be more likely to refer people and sell the products to people.
During this Christmas season reflect on the things you are providing to your frontline employees. Think of the things you would like to make available and decide if you are hoarding your gifts or teaching your people to be fishers of men. Remember God sent us his son to teach us the things we needed to know and help us become better leaders
I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! Here’s to a better 2021!!
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