Stanford Graduate School of Business Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer teaches the “Path to Power” to his students. In his book Power: Why Some People Have It — and Others Don’t, he claims that power in business is the major factor to success, not performance. The Standford Business Magazine Online reports on his work:
Another obstacle is relying on the ubiquitous leadership literature written by people who tout their own careers as models but “gloss over the power plays they actually used to get to the top.” These leaders’ ability to promote themselves as noble and good is the reason they reached high levels in the first place, Pfeffer says. Their advice could be accurate, “but more likely it is just self-serving.”
The world’s model for business, as much as it hides the ambition and struggles for personal power and position, can never serve for the church. The attempt in the church to promote “servant leadership” is wrong-headed, a contradiction in terms, and a borrowing of language that the Lord forbids.
“You are fellow citizens with the saints and members of God’s household.”
Eph 2.19 NET
Every Christian is nothing more than a member in God’s household. God is Father, Owner, and Authority. There is no place for ambition, for power struggles, for lording it over the faith of others.
There are but two levels of hierarchy in the church: that of the Lord, the Leader who detains all power and authority, and that of his servants.
Which level do you aspire to occupy?