Gabriel Mario Rodrigues
Chairman of the Board of Directors of ABMES – The Brazilian Association of Owners of Private Institutions of Higher Education
“Anyone who wants to be a leader among you must first be a server. If you choose to lead, you must serve “(Jesus Christ)
Management by leadership is a mantra of the new millennium in all areas of human performance: in school, in business, in relationships, in personal life. It replaces the authoritarian and unavailable boss, unable to charm, create new leaders, collaborate and share.
But this form of management is nothing new. For Christians, it originated 2017 years ago, when, in Bethlehem, in a manger, a child was born who later gave leadership lectures and recruited collaborators who, over the centuries, have worked on their project because they believed in Him.
How had a young son of a modest carpenter, throughout his short life of 33 years, charm and got thousands of followers? Persevering, with focus, determination, vision of the future, companionship, commitment and openness, He recognized the potential of 12 people (although one of them became rogue…) and trained them for a project that continues to function and is being recycled.
It is worth emphasizing that He already applied the modern active methodologies, an educational concept that places students as the main agents of their learning. His authority was authentically influenced by the thought, behavior, and commitment of the leaders. Associated with this was an enviable pro-activity, exercising predominance and undisputed mastery, a profile more than required today. Jesus embodied the characteristics of a visionary leader: communication, charisma, creativity, ability to take risks, and strategic planning. He knew that the occasion could always create a need; but if the need was strong, it would create the occasion.
Jesus, as an authentic leader, never demanded from his followers any behavior that He himself did not demonstrate. Although He was the master and leader of his team, he was always available to talk. Open to opinions, had time for people, always attentive to the well-being of its employees. He loved them as they were; aware of their real needs and interests, treated them with respect and dignity.
Legacy is what is transmitted to the generations that follow, the immaterial inheritance that surrenders to the world so that the future is better than the present. The mark Jesus left on people’s lives is profound. He knew that success without successor is failure: so he invested in people. He was a mentor.
Poor human beings, we are, fortunately, rediscovering Jesus’ leadership and learning to identify the profile of our employees, select some, train them, guide them, evaluate their work and, above all, encourage and embrace our team.
Despite being contaminated by strong commercial pressure, Christmas is recognized as a special date not only to gather family members, but especially to reflect on our actions. The balance between spiritual, emotional, mental and physical dimension expression forms the basis of visionary leadership, which requires universal values, clear vision, a relationship that stimulates people’s sense of ownership and belonging, and innovative action.
May Christmas be the opportunity to realize that the solidity of a well guided set leads to success. As God, as man and as history Jesus Christ is the most successful visionary leader in history. May His example inspire us to transform old paradigms, to create strategies beyond conventional thinking, using both reason and emotion, to realize that there is no machine more powerful than faith in people.
Our mission as educators is to train leaders so that humanity can increasingly develop with equity, respect, partnership and creativity.
Merry Christmas and a great 2018!