Servant Leadership: Improving Your Leadership and Follower Styles!
The Leadership Scourge!
The unfortunate truth, that I have come to realize, is that there are many people in authority - Heads of State, Government Ministers and other high ranking Government officials, Board Directors, persons in public offices, private businesses, government ministries, educational institutions, churches, homes etc. - who are not leaders at all and know nothing about leadership.
I am sure that this has been the experience of many persons other than myself. In fact, as you read this lens, you may be nodding your head in agreement as you think of such a person.
Such people in authority are a detriment to the very people, families, institutions and countries that they claim to 'serve' because as Anne Bradstreet so accurately puts it, "Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish." And because these persons in authority lack wisdom, they destroy people, lives, families, institutions and just about everything they make decisions about.
What is worst, is that some people in authority are so selfish that, even in the face of their self-knowledge that they are unfit to lead, they would prefer to bring down and entire family, institution, church or nation rather than surrender their 'trophy of authority'.
So scroll down and take this journey with me, about that clich word 'Leadership', so that you can:
a. Examine what true leadership is all about and what being a good follower means.
b. Test your leadership skills, or the leadership skills of persons you know who are in authority, with some interesting polls and quizzes.
c. Find out how you can become a good leader and a good follower and positively affect your family, workplace, neighborhood and country.
Leadership and Followership: What Tango Teaches Us About These Roles in Life
LEADERSHIP is AN ART!
POLL: Your BEST Daily Living Quality!
Which of the following qualities do you display most in your daily life?
Ken Jennings speaks on The Serving Leader
Unselfish Living through Servant Leadership!
Service not Servitude
I was attending a Catholic Church harvest at my then parish church, St. Charles Borromeo R. C Church in Tunapuna, when I naturally gravitated towards the used book stall, since I love books and reading. I came away that day with several good books but my best 'catch of the day' was a book titled "Improving Your Serve: The art of unselfish living" by Charles Swindoll.
I have read a fair amount of books on leadership but I have to confess that, for me, Charles Swindoll's book may well be one of the best and earliest written books on SERVANT LEADERSHIP.
In his book, the author shows how Jesus, exemplified servant leadership and how we can emulate this in our own lives. He does not make 'service' a dirty word as many of us are accustomed to do, since we confuse 'service' with 'servitude'. In fact, Charles Swindoll just shows how getting your hand 'dirty' can enhance your leadership and build you loyal followers.
Improving Your Serve
In my humble opinion...
Rate it, if you dare...
On a scale of 1-7, what did you REALLY think?
C3 Conference Leadership Clip - Bishop T D Jakes
The Hard Truth: You are Not a Leader! You are a Follower.
Consequences of Not Being a Good Follower
Yes, you heard me right! Everybody wants to be the leader these days and NOBODY wants to follow!
The hard truth of the matter, however, is that not everyone can lead and sometimes because you may be close to the leader for a long while you eventually begin to feel that you can lead.
The bible points to such a disastrous “Why can’t I be the leader?” syndrome. Let me remind you. God appointed Moses as the leader for the people of Israel and Aaron and Miriam as assistants to help the leader. However, Miriam and Aaron began to criticize Moses and say, “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? Hasn’t he spoken through us?” Well God heard this and was not very pleased, so he summoned Miriam, Aaron and Moses and gave Miriam and Aaron a sound telling off in front of Moses and punished Miriam by giving her a dreaded skin disease. (See Numbers 12:1 -16)
You may not be summoned directly into God’s presence and punished if you try to usurp the authority of your leader or fight for or try to hold on to a leadership position that you are obviously not capable to execute but the consequences will be disastrous all the same. Your followers will not respect and support you and you will be struggling to keep the ‘ship’ afloat if leadership is not your natural inclination.
Let’s face it. You are just NOT a leader. You are meant to be a FOLLOWER. And no matter how long you have fought to hold on to the position, how many books you read, how many motivational seminars you attend and how much like the leader you try to dress and speak. YOU ARE NOT A LEADER! If we all were leaders there would be no followers. That does not mean that you are less important.
So once you have accepted the hard truth that you are not a leader but rather a follower, learn instead how to be a good follower and support your leader! No one will have to tell you that you are meant to be a follower. You already know it deep down in your heart.
The best line ever:
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45).
Following the Leader
Followers and Leaders are Equally Important!
In 1 Corinthians 12: 15 - 24, St. Paul used a beautiful illustration of the importance of each part of the body as he tried to explain to the people of Corinth the importance of each member in the Church:
“For the body itself is not made up of only one part, but of many parts. If the foot were to say, “Because I am not a hand, I don't belong to the body,” that would not keep it from being a part of the body. And if the ear were to say, “Because I am not an eye, I don't belong to the body,” that would not keep it from being a part of the body. If the whole body were just an eye, how could it hear? And if it were only an ear, how could it smell? As it is, however, God put every different part in the body just as he wanted it to be. There would not be a body if it were all only one part! As it is, there are many parts but one body.
So then, the eye cannot say to the hand, “I don't need you!” Nor can the head say to the feet, “Well, I don't need you!” On the contrary, we cannot do without the parts of the body that seem to be weaker; and those parts that we think aren't worth very much are the ones which we treat with greater care; while the parts of the body which don't look very nice are treated with special modesty, which the more beautiful parts do not need.”
Likewise, the job of a follower is different from that of a leader but it is as important. The leader needs followers and the followers need a leader. So embrace your role as a follower and make your enlightened contribution to the mission of your family, organization, church and country!