When I googled the compound word "servant leader" in the google images, this picture was among the results:
Agravante used the Servant Leader Model on the leadership behavior, revolving around the care complex, and Jesus Christ as the core.
I don't want to focus about the weakness/limitation of Agravante's theory in the context of religion, but may I take a further step in explaining why she used Jesus Christ as a model for servant-leadership. These explanations might give us a deeper understanding to know the proponent's background and ideals that can lead to a different perspective of the theory.1. In Jesus Christ we see the marks of the LEADER.Jesus led by example
Jesus set the standard by which all future leadership is to be assessed. He was the natural leader. He did not have to raise His voice to be heard. He didn't need to strike the synagogue pulpit to be heard. When He entered the room, a hush fell over the people. He was a born leader.
Pilate wanted Jesus to accept the designation of King of the Jews. Jesus would have none of that. He needed no human title to establish his leadership. His leadership was inherent within Him. He sets an example of strong, sensitive leadership for all who presume to a leadership position.Jesus led by action
When decisive action was needed, Jesus acted. When the Temple was despoiled by manipulative, unscrupulous commercial interests, Jesus overturned the money changers' tables (Matthew 21:12) When the howling wind and raging sea threatened to overturn the boat, Jesus cried out, "Peace be still" (Mark 4:39) and a great calm came upon the sea.
Jesus was a strong man, a decisive leader. He confronted what was wrong or harmful and led by action.Jesus led by the quality of His life
Jesus grew in favor with God and with men and women (Luke 2:52). He went around doing good (Acts 10:38). The common people heard Him gladly. He spoke with authority, not like the Scribes and the Pharisees (Matthew 7:29). The apostle Paul often wrote about the "grace of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Corinthians 8:9). Jesus was loved by-and loved and prayed for-his friends (John 17). He was such an attractive person that people were drawn to Him like iron filings to a magnet (Luke 4:15).Jesus led by the depth of His compassion
Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem (Luke 13:34). When his friend Lazarus was declared dead, the Scriptures tell us that his strong leader, Jesus, wept for His friend (John 11:35). When the sister of Lazarus was under pressure from her activist sister, Martha, Jesus came to her defense (Luke 10:42). Leadership without compassion is arid and sterile. Jesus, a strong, bold leader, revealed a sensitivity and compassion that enhanced and balanced His strength of character and dynamic leadership.Jesus led by making the ultimate sacrifice
Only a person of immense strength could look death squarely in the face and walk serenely towards it. Only a person of absolute conviction could have endured the lashes, the nails, the thorns and the spear and accept the loneliness and agony of the Cross of Calvary. Many followers of Jesus have carried their cross to Golgotha and accepted martyrdom in the name of Jesus Christ. They followed the slap of His sandals to the Cross-following the example He set.
Jesus was a born leader. Within His human experience, Jesus sets the example for leadership and calls us to follow.2. In Jesus Christ we see the marks of the SERVANT.
Jesus was a servant because:a) The prophets predicted that a servant would come and suffer.
"He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering and acquainted with grief" (Isaiah 53:3).
"Like a lamb led to the slaughter and like a sheep silent before its shearers, He did not open his mouth" (Isaiah 53:7).
The New Testament takes up this theme, quoting Isaiah, "Here is my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom my soul delights" (Matthew 12:18).b) He offered us a powerful model of servanthood.
When not one of His disciples was prepared to wash the accumulated dust off the feet of the disciples (even of Jesus), it was Jesus, the Lord of glory, who took up the basin and towel and washed the feet of his friends (John 13:5).c) He understood the blessing that accompanies meekness.
In Matthew 5, when Jesus taught from a mountain, he set down for posterity the demeanor of the servant.
"How blest are the poor in spirit because the Kingdom of heaven is theirs" (5:3).
"How blest are the gentle because they will inherit the earth" (5:5).
"How blest are the merciful because they will obtain mercy" (5:7).
"How blest are the peacemakers because they will be called the children of God" (5:9).d) Jesus taught the obligation of servanthood.
In the most radical way Jesus continued this theme in Matthew 5.
"Don't resist an evil-doer.if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other to him also (5:39). if anyone forces you to go one mile with him, go an extra mile" (5:41).
"Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" (5:44).e) Jesus exhibited humility.
When well-meaning but misguided disciples tried to protect Jesus from children pressing to be near Him, Jesus said, "Let the children come to me. The Kingdom of God is made up of children like these" (Matt. 19:14). He was the good shepherd caring for the sheep (Hebrews 13:20).f) Jesus went to his death at Calvary as the "suffering servant."
Jesus was the Lamb of God who laid down His life for His sheep (John 1:29, 36). He submitted to the shame and ignominy of a very humiliating death on a rough wooden cross. He died, the just for the unjust. He served God and God's people right to the end.
Let us all accept the opportunities of LEADERSHIP that the Lord and His people offer us. However, guided by the Holy Spirit, let us lead with the spirit of the servant and in so doing we will walk in the steps of Jesus the Christ.
This is actually an excerpt from an article I found online about Jesus as a servant leader. I was somewhat inspired to share the article so that we may have a deeper understanding and realization about the essence of this specific transformational leadership.
I feel that Agravante's theory instills unto us that transformational leadership is about a deep sense of caring, and a deeper sense of selflessly helping others because true leadership emerges from those whose primary motivation is a deep desire to help others (Spears, 2004).
I might be wrong, but I think Jesus Christ was used not as a representative of any religion (Roman Catholicism or Christianity) but rather, as a separate and independent entity and was just used because He is worthy of emulation. I strongly agree with the moderators that this might pose conflict/resistance among the members of other religions since they have their own set of beliefs.
Jesus Christ's character has already set the example of a real transformational leader, as the focal point of Agravante's theory. My one-liner reflection is that, emulating Jesus Christ will lead us to be better transformational nurse leaders, which will effectively and consequently transform nursing education and practice to a higher, more realized and meaningful level.