DCL 3.1 Instruction | The Freedom Myth

Many people think that leadership is a ticket to freedom. Have you had thoughts like these from time to time?

When I get to the top, I’ll have it made.

When I finally finish climbing the organisational ladder, I’ll have time to rest.

When I control the organisation, I’ll be able to do whatever I want.

When I’m in charge, the sky will be the limit.

Such ideas are little more than fantasies. It doesn’t matter what job you do or what position you hold; you will have limits. When you move up in an organisation, the weight of your responsibility increases. In many organisations, as you move up the ladder, you may even find that the amount of responsibility you take on increases much faster than the amount of authority you receive. When you go higher, more is expected of you, the pressure is greater, and the impact of your decisions weighs more heavily.


Video Presentation: Tom Atema, VP of International Ministries and Strategic Partnerships, EQUIP


Biblical Case Study: James and John (Matthew 20:20-28)

As Jesus made His way toward Jerusalem to be executed, the mother of James and John requested that her sons be given a preferred seat, next to Jesus, in the kingdom of Heaven. Both the disciples and their families became preoccupied with status, not service. They missed the whole point of Christ-like servant leadership.

Jesus reminded them that His style of leadership stands in stark contrast to the world’s style of leadership. Jesus teaches:

1.  The greatest must be the servant of all.

2.  As responsibilities increase, rights decrease.

3.  A leader deliberately surrenders rights and options as he grows in leadership.

4.  We lead by serving and serve by leading.



  • Why do you want to be a leader?
  • Do you want to serve or be served?


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