Has anyone called you a Servant-Leader? What would you feel about it if they did?
No-one has ever called me that, though I daresay if they did, I would wonder why they felt the need to qualify it that way.
You keep hearing it all over the place – but not from people calling someone else a servant-leader, but by people who fancy themselves as leaders!
Doesn’t that tell you something?
It tells me that there is something missing, and they want to reassure me that they are servants, all the while wanting to crack me over the head with a leadership bat.
If they have to do that, I’m not interested!
Leaders are people I admire and respect – they have done something to earn it, and I am happy to give them that title without qualifying it.
They did not feel it necessary to call themselves leaders either: they just did what they do best, and there it is!
Service is inherent in Leadership!
You should not have to spell it out to anyone. If you provide service and value, as well as a mutual respect, your leadership qualities will be recognized.
I should hope that you are not doing the things you do just so you can be called a leader. When you operate that way, it moves further away from you – people simply don’t buy in to that vision you wish to impose on them – it is inauthentic!
A leader is…. check out this great quote by Jack Welch:
“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”
It is evident that a leader is not concerned with themselves, but others.
Concerned with helping other people to grow, to become successful.
Successful people are Leaders. Become the leader you were meant to be:
First, HELP OTHERS.