Serve First. Lead Second

Serve First. Lead Second

photo-1466692476868-aef1dfb1e735I have read and written a great deal about a leadership philosophy called “Servant-Leadership” over the past year. ┬áSince the 1970s, thousands of leaders–serving both churches and non-profits–have chosen to adopt the servant-leader model. ┬áJoy FM is one of those organizations. ┬áWhile there is much to be said about the merits of Servant Leadership, we must first understand what it truly is so we can better understand what it is intended to look like. ┬áTherefore, instead of running the risk of muddying the waters with┬ámy own interpretation, I thought it better to provide you with an excerpt from the original source–an essay by Robert K. Greenleaf, titled, The Servant as Leader. ┬áThese are his words…

“The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature.”

“The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?”
 
So I leave you with this simple question…on Sunday, when you arrive at church, will you aspire to only lead, to simply serve, or will you choose to set an example that others can’t help but follow?
 
Blessings,