Servant-Leadership

Leaders, servants; servant leaders!  I will start with yes I know there are some amazing men and women that have leadership materials, blogs, websites, etc. One of those that come to mind is John Maxwell and through his books, podcasts, etc. I have been inspired and led down a path to challenge my own thoughts on leadership and serving. Having been on this path for some time I will always continue challenging myself to become a better leader and servant, but I also want to challenge you as well, so lets get started by looking at some definitions:

Leader as defined by Merriam-Webster:  a person who leads: as

a :  guide, conductor

b (1) :  a person who directs a military force or unit

(2) :  a person who has commanding authority or influence

Servant as defined by Merriam-Webster:

: a person who is hired to do household or personal duties such as cleaning and cooking

: a person who is devoted to or guided by something

Servant Leader: Servant leadership is both a leadership philosophy and set of leadership practices. Traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the “top of the pyramid.” By comparison, the servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible.

Servant leadership can be found in many religious texts, though the philosophy itself transcends any particular religious tradition. In the Christian tradition, this passage from the Gospel of Mark is often quoted in discussions of servant leadership:

“42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45