Monday, August 23, 2010

The Heart of Leadership

What do you think of when you think of leadership? Do you think about servanthood? Servanthood is not about position or skill. It's about attitude. You have met people in service positions who have poor attitudes toward servanthood, and just as you can sense when a worker doesn't want to help people, you can just as easily detect whether a leader has a servant's heart. The truth is that the best leaders desire to serve others, not themselves.

True servant leaders....

*Put others ahead of their own agenda.
*Possess the confidence to serve.
*Initiate service to others.
*Are not position-conscious.
*Serve out of love.

Servant leadership is never motivated by manipulation or self-promotion. In the end, the extent of your influence depends on the depth of your concern for others. That's why it's so important for leaders to be willing to serve.


Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
Peter F. Drucker

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
Theodore Roosevelt

Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too.
Robert Half


Romans 12:7-9 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. 9Love must be sincere, hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

John 13:4-5 4so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

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