Here are some ways to avoid abusing power as a leader: 1) Be quiet and listen. 2) Solicit feedback from those you lead. 3) Accept blame when it’s your fault. 4) Realize integrity can enhance your reputation. 5) Set a good example—people do what they see. 6) Align your personal mission to achieve the greater good. 7) Delegate without giving up responsibility. 8) Keep your word—do what you promise to do.  The religious leaders in Jesus’ day evidently knew little or nothing about these valuable leadership principles. Their main goal was to hold on to their power over the people. Jesus was standing in their way by his popularity with the people. We find in Matthew Ch 27 that after they conspired to get rid of him by crucifixion, they took another step by asking Pilate to guard his tomb so his disciples could not steal his body, then spread a rumor that He had risen from the dead. Of course, their scheme backfired. They got soldiers to guard the tomb, but Jesus arose from the dead anyway. He is alive today and is King of Kings, with perfect power to rule over heaven and earth


Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More


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