The ABC’s of Leadership (Day 19): Serve
A life is not important except in the impact is has on other lives. (Jackie Robinson)
Day 19 – ‘S’
My idea of leadership was warped. If I’m honest, I still think it is. Growing up, I watched stories of patriarchal figures, with loud voices, high-pressure situations and obedient teams. Puff your chest out, talk loud, and BOOM – you’re a bonafide leader!
Wrong. That model is far from effective, and far from the truth. The world needs servant leaders.
Inc.com writer Peter Economy’s “7 Secrets of ‘Servant Leadership’ That Will Lead You to Success” defines servant leadership as a change in dynamic where leaders serve their people (as opposed to people serving their bosses.
Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance. (Donald Walters)
But why is servant leadership so important? It’s because the type of change needed in organizations is organic. This type of change can’t be dictated or mandated. It can only be supported. Besides, it’s crazy to think one person knows enough to direct the activity of entire teams, or organizations, so why try? Instead, invest in listening to your people. Find ways to make their voices heard. Eliminate roadblocks. Offer your opinion, but make sure you hear theirs, too.
Real leaders are not blinded by the trappings of power but recognize their role as a servant. (Archbishop Desmond Tutu)
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