How many of you would identify this picture as a picture of leadership?
In this blog I want to talk about how this picture identifies the very heart of leadership. An integral part of leadership...Serving Others.
Many times we imagine a leader as one who stands out front giving direction and orders to others. Well, that is a level of leadership or a function of leadership, and at the same time, that can not be all there is to leadership. Leadership must embody so much more to be effective and successful!
Here are some quotes from John Maxwell's book, Developing the Leader In You 2.0:
Quote #1: “When you decide to serve others as a leader, the team’s success becomes your success.”
Quote #2: “The heart of leadership is based on serving others, not ourselves.”
Quote #3: “True leaders are motivated by loving concern rather than personal glory…”
As you chew on these quotes, what message is coming across to you??
Here are some thoughts:
Thought #1: Leadership is about how to serve/help/empower the people connected to your leadership.
Thought #2: Leadership is not about how people can make YOU look good but about how YOU can develop people.
Thought #3: Leadership cultivates a team concept vs a boss concept.
Thought #4: Leadership opens the door for communication, creativity, and reaching out beyond the box.
So, does every person or every organization cultivate this side of leadership? No.
And at the same time, you can cultivate this type of leadership within yourself. Remember, leadership is first influence. What kind of influence are you cultivating in the lives of others?
Here are some steps to consider if you dare to venture into these waters of "Serving Others".
Step #1: Begin to see people as valuable. Not an asset to be used but a treasure to be valued.
Step #2: Move from selfishness to selflessness. Put others' well being before your own agenda.
Step #3: Ask yourself: "What do I have to give to others to help them?" (gifts, knowledge, skills, time, etc)
Step #4: Ask yourself: "What positive thing can I say or do to encourage someone?"
Step #5: Start taking time and making effort to get to know the people around you (work, neighborhood, etc.).
So, the next time you slow down long enough to hold the door open for someone vs rushing to get your errand done, remember, you are taking a positive step towards developing the leader in you!
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Cindy writes about her adventures, observations, and other nuggets from living in another nation. She and John live in SE Asia. She will also share nuggets from her 58 plus years of life.