Leaders Eat Last

I just started reading Simon Sinek's book "Leaders Eat Last" and I am already hooked in. The premise is simple - demonstrate from the top of the organization down just how important it is to serve. By 'eating last' leaders are more than witnesses to the fact that the organization thrives if everyone gives their part. They are the embodiment of it. Leadership is an awesome responsibility. As Simon puts it: "Every single employee is someone's son or someone's daughter. Like a parent, a leader is responsible for their precious lives."

I couldn't help but think about the timing of my reading this as I prepare for our traditional Holy Thursday services as we prepare to celebrate Jesus washing his disciples feet. In a very real and tangible way Jesus demonstrates what it means to lead. He knows that the apostles mission will not be simple - they will need to win the hearts and minds of followers. What sends a clearer message, embodies his teachings than putting himself in the position of washing his followers feet.

Jesus goes further though, he commands them in no uncertain terms that they need to follow his example. "Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master."

Today, this week and always, keep that in mind.

Go and pick up Simon Sinek's book and be inspired to be the leader that your company, and frankly, this world needs!

12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
John 13:12-17